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Designing out risks - more can be done

Contractors, consultants and clients all agree that more can be done to design out health and safety risks on construction projects, according to a survey carried out by NCE.

Contractors were almost unanimous, with 97% voting yes.

Designers were almost as united on 87%. But at 63% affirmative clients appeared to be more satisfied with the current situation.

Predictably, designers and contractors gave very different answers to the question 'Do designers understand their safety responsibilities?' Seventy per cent of designers answered 'yes': 76% of contractors said 'no'. Less predictably, 53% of clients also answered 'no'.

Lack of knowledge was cited by the biggest proportion of respondents as the main barrier to designing safely.

Around 20% of respondents ranked knowledge slightly ahead of cost and time, and while most saw client support as a key factor, the clients disagreed.

lFind out more about CDM, regulation changes and your responsibilities at NCE's CDM Regulations - Designing for Safety conference to be held in London on 25 November. Email constructconferences@emap. com and ask for details on the NCE safety conference if you want more information.

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