Both John Banks and Mike Evans (NCE 8 February) place insufficient emphasis on the importance that the client plays under the Construction Design & Management (CDM) regulations.
Those clients who understand that effective management of health and safety will benefit a project through all its phases will ensure adequate resources are allocated. The appointment of suitably qualified planning supervisors who work as part of the project team will prevent many of the problems alluded to by Mike Evans.
Those clients who only pay lip service to health and safety and try to avoid the regulations will get what they deserve. The HSE obviously shares this view as nearly 60% of all prosecutions under the CDM regulations are of clients.
Nigel Daly (M) Nigel.Daly@SymondsGroup. com