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Olympics health and safety regime should be imitated, says executive

The UK construction industry should follow the “no scapegoating” health and safety example set by the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA), the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) said yesterday.

The HSE said the ODA’s “no scapegoating” approach to risk management can be adapted to any project, irrespective of size and budget.

“The ODA’s creation of a no scapegoating culture allowed workers to raise issues without fear of reprisal,” said HSE director for London 2012 Stephen Williams. “The construction industry has for many years been one of the most dangerous in which to earn a living. London 2012 is important because it shows it doesn’t have to be that way. I want the rest of the construction industry to follow London’s lead.”

The HSE said it had so far received reports of only 114 injuries and eight dangerous occurrences that occurred on the Olympic construction programme during the 66M hours of work completed.


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