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Height of fashion


I write regarding Dave Parker's article Consultants ignore risk of prosecution over new rules for working at height (NCE last week).

The photograph used in this article is the Centre Point Tower in Sydney, Australia.

It was built in the late 1970s and consists of a Corten steel shaft on a 14-storey building, stabilised by galvanised cables as depicted in the photograph.

The 1,000ft tower was built on an extremely tight footprint by a team of 20 steel erectors and engineers. At the time safety was deemed the concern of the contractor.

I was on the project between 1976 and 1979 when the shaft and the seven-storey turret were constructed. The only accident was one broken toe when a pulley-wheel ran over an erector's foot. This was a remarkable record.

The esigner Wargen Chapman, now part of Hyder, gave its utmost co-operation at all stages. It was a fine example of engineers working together for the common goal.

I agree that all designers are responsible for safety. I just hope that the current trend of increased legislation does not drive out the creative spirit that provides dynamic and futuristic designs.

Bob Spackman, Tony Gee & Partners, TGP House, 45-47 High Street, Cobham, Surrey, KT11 3DP

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