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New safety strategy launched to prevent accidents on site

A new strategy aimed at cutting down on deaths and accidents on construction sites has been launched by a collaboration of industry bodies and leading firms.
The Institution of Civil Engineers, the Institution of Structural Engineers, RIBA, CIBSE, the Construction Industry Council, Atkins, Mott MacDonald and Halcrow are among the partners of the design institutions' Joint Health and Safety Strategy.The initiative, which has the support of the Health & Safety Executive, is the first time a group of industry bodies have shared their expertise in detail to produce an action plan focusing on reducing workplace deaths.'One death in the construction industry is one too many. The strategy has been devised by all groups involved in construction as a response to the tragic fatalities that sadly happen in our pressured industry,' said Gordon Masterton outgoing president of the Institution of Civil Engineers who chaired the strategy group.The strategy aims to reduce the 59 deaths to workers that occurred last year by: *The production of Designer Guidance to the CDM 2007 Regulations *The promotion of lifelong learning and a competence framework *The promotion of a Health and Safety register for demonstration of enhanced competence *Providing better education about workplace risk to designers *Providing better access to Health and Safety information for designers *Continued promotion of appropriate skills cards *Sharing 'lessons-learned' experience among construction professionals

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