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Don't let the law hijack risk management

The millennium bridge at Bankside, the fuel crisis and now the rail crisis are to a greater or lesser degree about civil engineering and the management of risk. In the case of the fuel crisis, the issue was more peripheral, with the events largely outside the profession's concern. But the consequences highlighted the fragile nature of our infrastructure when our just-in-time economy is threatened. The political logic for letting the matter run was, in hindsight, well justified, but ...

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