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We all have a duty to be safe

ICE puts the focus on health and safety in construction with a new manual.

Employers must do more to improve health and safety on construction sites, the ICE said this week.

Despite the increased awareness about health hazards on site, some employers are failing to do enough to protect workers from the threats of respiratory, joint and ligament damage.

These can have a massive effect on former employees’ quality of life in later years, as the damage can often take decades to show. 


New guidance

The ICE has published a guide, ICE Manual of Health and Safety in Construction, to give practical, internationally relevant advice to employers and workers in the construction industry.

The manual aims to encourage the production of safer-to-build designs. This is through the elimination of as many hazards as possible, and the proactive management of those hazards that remain.

Speaking at the launch, past president David Orr said one of the most important areas of competence, enshrined in the ICE’s Code of Conduct, is “the professional obligation and legal duty to ensure the health, safety and welfare of anyone affected by our work.” 

“But should we take care of health, safety and welfare simply because legislation forces us to?  Or should we do so because it’s the right thing to do in the first place?” he asked.
 “We do this not because we must, but because it is at the very core of being a professional civil engineer,” he said.

ICE Manual of Health and Safety in Construction uses real-life situations to provide a practical reference for practising engineers and technicians and a comprehensive overview of the topic for students.

“This is not an academic textbook.  Rather, it demonstrates how working safely can become second nature, improve the way we do things, and provide the key to successful construction,” said Orr.

  • ICE Manual of Health and Safety in Construction is available from Thomas Telford 01892 832299 or at


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