Regarding Designs for life (NCE 27 May) - an interesting article. But can you compare a single discipline steady state operation to the highly complex multi-discipline environment of a construction site?
How can you compare an office based employee who may encounter a potentially life threatening situation once in 20 or 30 years with a construction operative who has to manage multiple potential encounters on a daily basis!
In my experience over the last five years almost the main subject being discussed by designers is health and safety and the CDM regulations. The National Audit Office statement that 'many designers lack knowledge of their responsibilities under CDM . . .
and some believe they do not have any duties' is not only inaccurate but offensive.
What position does the ICE have on this? I sincerely hope it will support the competence and professionalism of members by refuting such nonsense.
Anthony Black (M), 12 Bogwood Drive, Crossford KY12 8QA