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Poll puts site supervision at top of safety agenda

CLIENTS AND contractors are likely to come under pressure to boost spending on site supervision at next month's safety summit, judging from initial feedback to NCE 's safety poll.

A staggering 84.5% of readers have so far said they were aware of unsafe practices occuring on site because of lack of supervisory staff.

Only 14% said they had not experienced this.

These initial findings suggest that senior managers around the country are running risks - not only with the welfare of personnel on their sites but also with their own careers, given that they could be personally prosecuted for manslaughter if a death occurs.

Suggestions as to how to improve the problem of supervision include creating a provision in tenders for cash to be spent on health and safety and pressuring site management to stop filling in forms in the site hut and get out on the job.

Results from NCE 's poll will be passed to Department of Environment Transport and the Regions to help guide debate at the upcoming safety summit.

There is still time if you want to contribute. Please fill in the form printed opposite.

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