It emphasises that, notwithstanding the technical shortcomings, "the behaviour of people and organisations that failed to assume their responsibilities during construction, or that did not do so properly during the bridge's service life, also contributed."
This is very much the basis of the Standing Committee on Structural Safety's concerns and exultations: a whole-life approach with appropriate checks and balances.
As you rightly state in your leader, this is about education and attitude as well as money. The obligations on us already exist; here is another opportunity for the profession (institutions, organisations and individuals) to influence and execute the necessary measures across the built
environment before something occurs – rather than trying to look wise after the event.
JOHN CARPENTER, Secretary, SCOSS, 11 Upper Belgrave Street, London SW1X 8BH