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Poll the other one

Letters

With nearly 50 years experience in the construction industry I never felt that the Construction (Design & Management) regulations would materially improve construction safety and so it has proved.

I was amazed, therefore, at the results of the N C E 500 poll ( N C E 25 October) which suggested 74% of respondents thought that designers should be 'made more accountable'.

Is there any rigorous analysis of construction accidents to demonstrate that design features are responsible for a significant number of accidents? Or are people following conventional wisdom like sheep? I suggest that there will not be a significant improvement until there is more independant policing of what goes on on sites.

Nick Reilly (F) 17 Ember Lane, Esher, Surrey KT10 8DZ

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