'I'm sure we've all had moments of regret that we've not been able to report incidents for the benefit of the profession,' comments former Travers Morgan senior partner and past ICE president Robin Wilson.
He goes on: 'Sound knowledge of failures contributes to better practice in design and construction. The proposed reporting system is to be welcomed, not so much as a means of reporting bad practice whose correction may be restricted by commercial pressures, but to provide a means of disclosure of events unconstrained by considerations of insurance claims and the threat of legislation.'
Wilson, who is also a past chairman of the Construction Industry Council and currently chairs the Engineering Council's Board for Engineers' Regulation, also believes a confidential reporting system would have other significant benefits. 'It will enhance the public perception of the industry as having responsible self-regulation procedures,' he says.