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HSE guidance is inadequate


From its quoted reaction (NCE, last week) it appears that the HSE is unhappy with my findings, as published in the ICE Proceedings, (May 2007) that the CDM Regulations have failed to reduce site deaths and injuries.

But, contrary to your article, the HSE has not 'refuted' this conclusion, which is based on its own published statistics.

The 'red list' in the CITB's CDM 2007 Guidance for Designers (endorsed by the ICE) not only threatens the position of producers of ready-mixed mortars, it also poses a major threat to design engineers.

For example, even if it was right to ban the use of readymixed retarded mortar, why is this identified as a responsibility of the designer, when it is almost always a contractor's decision?

The document's coverage of temporary works design is completely inadequate as the guidance talks more about the role of the permanent works designer than the temporary works designer.

Unfortunately, he errors and contentious recommendations in this document mean that far from helping designers, it could create a legal nightmare for any member of the ICE who ends up having it quoted against them in court.

I have written to the president of the institution asking him to withdraw the ICE's endorsement and I hope that others will support this move.

Alasdair N Beal (M), Thomasons, 12 United Business Park, Low Fields Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS12 6UB

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