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Pole position


I have found Martin Barnard's recent articles on the designer's role in safety very interesting.

Integrating the supply team is a great idea but do clients and contractors want more input from designers? The HSE will not be able to insist on this team structure.

Building sites are dangerous places, regardless of design.

Design per se is rarely dangerous. It is the method of construction/maintenance that creates dangers and we need to question who specifies the 'doing' and with what incentive.

The modern way of thinking is to allow the contractor/site manager to utilise their expertise when it comes to how to construct, rather than designers to issue old fashioned prescriptive designs with method statements that are seen to restrict programmes, methods, innovation etc.

These factors mean that clients and particularly contractors are rather on their own (by choice) when it comes to deciding how to work on site.

Simon Pole, consulting structural engineer, Pole Associates and Click, Admel House, 24 High Street, Wimbledon, London SW19

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