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Olympics safety lessons should be taken on board, say experts

Safety experts have identified five steps taken on the London Olympics construction project that can be used to reduce injuries elsewhere in the industry.

The Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) published its recommendations after commissioning research into the construction phase of the 2012 Games, which recorded no fatalities.

Its five steps are: lead from the top; develop competent supervisors; foster an open, positive safety culture; reward good behaviour; and review and learn.

IOSH executive director of policy Luise Vassie said: “The Olympic Delivery Authority’s exemplary health and safety record speaks for itself. The techniques used were often low cost and had cross-company impact, showing that a good health and safety record isn’t out of any company’s grasp.”

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