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CDM 1994 slammed for failing to deliver safety improvements

The 1994 Construction (Design & Management) regulations (CDM) have been criticised for failing to deliver predicted benefits in health and safety on sites.
A paper published in today's ICE Proceedings titled CDM Regulations - 12 Years of Pain but Little Gain criticises the 1994 regulations by comparing predicted improvements in safety with actual reductions in incidents. Author of the paper and principal engineer at Thomasons, Alasdair Beal said, 'the 1994 CDM Regulations have failed to produce the benefits which were predicted by the HSE at the time. Contrary to what is usually claimed, the EU study the regulations were based on did not estimate that 35% of site deaths are caused by permanent works design, it actually put the figure at 6%.' - this means improvements due to CDM should not have been expected to be greater than 6%.Beal added, 'based on HSE statistics, it appears that the Regulations have had no effect at all on site deaths and injuries.' A spokesman for the Health and Safety Executive said, 'last years fatalities figures were the lowest on record but not having seen the paper I cannot comment any further.'

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