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Education is the key to safety


At the recent safety summit in Westminster, Michael Dickson (NCE 1 March) told delegates that all undergraduates should spend at least one day a year on health and safety awareness.

But to make any lasting impression, any undergraduate in a civil engineering or construction management related degree should complete at least one core module in health and safety. This should cover designing for safety, method statements and risk assessments, construction safety, legislation and environmental impact.

Collaboration between universities and companies to give a hands on approach with pertinent examples is paramount to success.

Education has to be the answer at a grass roots level for undergraduates, new starters, manual labour as well as the designers, managers and clients. Manual labour should also be educated and involved in all safety issues during the construction stage with an objective to be responsible for their own and their colleagues' safety.

Perhaps clients should also begin to request that tenders clearly 'priced for safety' for each contract, outside the preliminaries.

Matt Shillabeer (G)

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