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Barking dogma


You repeat the well publicised assertion that 60% of site fatalities can be traced to poor design (NCE 27 May and 13 May). Without proper discussion of its evidential basis this statement is beginning to look like dogma rather than fact.

A test of my own experiences of the injuries and near misses from a 'population' of colleagues and fellow construction staff I have directly encountered during 40 years as an engineer does not accord with the assertion at all.

None of the 12 examples on 'my patch' were attributable to design.

What was evident in all the cases, however, was the dominant effect of poor training/education combined with the self destructive macho psyche of the male leading to thoughtless risk-making and careless risk-taking on site.

The blame culture currently enjoying favour together with political correctness seems to inhibit proper discussion of the true cause lest it prejudice the claims, or sensibilities, of victims and dependents.

RH Courtier (F), The Grove, Kentmere, Cumbria.

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