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'New look' awards ignore safety issue

Letters

NCE 22 February includes two important stories on safety and the 'new look' British Construction Industry Awards (BCIA 2001) including the Prime Minister's award for better public buildings.

Keywords for BCIA 2001 appear to be high standards of quality and productivity and a commitment to efficiency improvement.

There is no mention of safety in the announcement of the 'new look' awards nor in the application form for the awards. One hopes it is buried somewhere in the small print of the scheme.

Please can we have some carrots to offer for good safety and a BCIA 2002 category for 'design safety'.

Stephan Jefferis, professor in civil engineering and director of research, University of Surrey, Guildford GU2 7XH

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