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Paper chase


The article 'Delays to CDM put health and safety improvements at risk' (NCE 11 January ) is misleadingly titled.

Most practising designers who have been following the development of the new regulations will not be optimistic that the changes will result in improvements, despite widespread commitment to 'make them work'.

Many feel that, on the contrary, the changes are so loosely worded and contradictory that the Health & Safety Executive will effectively have licence to prosecute whomsoever it wishes. The administrative burden and the mass of unnecessary and unhelpful paperwork will increase.

This is particularly the case since civil litigation for alleged breaches will now be possible.

Insurance costs are likely to increase signicantly as a result.

This is a sad state of affairs, since - as a soon to be published paper will report in detail - there has been no demonstrable statistically signicant impact from the regulations thus far.

Construction costs have risen as a direct result, however, and will rise sharply again in order to cover the massive cost of re-training planning supervisors as CDM co-ordinators.

Andrew J Allan, Allan Consulting Engineers, andy@allanconsult. co. uk

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