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Civil engineer takes the reins at Hazards Forum

THE HAZARDS Forum has turned to a civil engineering chairman for the first time.

ICE Past President Stuart Mustow has stepped in to raise engineers' awareness of their individual responsibilities to improve safety in a three year term as chairman of the pan engineering body.

Mustow spoke of his aims as chairman of the group set up in 1989, in the wake of major disasters such as the Clapham Junction rail crash and Piper Alpha oil rig disaster. He said: 'Engineering has become more complex so from our perspective we need to continue to review the safety implications of our work even more vigorously, learn the lessons of safety breakdown and propagate them.' Propagation will be aided by a recent Hazards Forum book Safety related systems - a guidance for engineers.

Mustow's credentials include three years as ICE vice president for external affairs, when he was responsible for producing a document on mega cities and disasters for the World Federation of Engineering Organisations, which he said was well received by the United Nations.

Raising awareness via the Hazard Forum's new website, open discussion forums on major consultation documents; and feeding of information to similar groups such as the ICE's health & safety board would also form part of the remit.

Mustow, who is vice president of the Royal Academy of Engineering, has replaced Professor Phil Bennett from the Institution of Electrical Engineers.

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