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Hazard lessons

Professional institutions should insist that all undergraduates spend at least one day a year on health and safety awareness, Construction Industry Council chairman Michael Dickson told delegates. This would enable future construction employees to recognise hazards.

He has pledged direct assistance from the CIC to higher education establishments, by providing safety advisers and case studies.

Dickson said companies have to design to avoid hazards. He said planning supervisers can do more to improve safety and said the industry has a long way to go to get full use of the construction (design and management) regulations.

Dickson recommended designers undertake a health and safety audit, an idea backed by construction minister Nick Raynsford who said they 'must ensure expertise in safety'.

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