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Safety net, gross cost


I was interested to read the claim by Kevin Myers of the HSE (NCE 11 January) that the Construction Design & Management (CDM) regulations five years ago 'had an immediate effect on the industry's traditionally bad safety record'.

All the published figures I have seen show precisely the opposite. Despite the large sums of money being spent on it, CDM has failed to make any significant difference to the numbers of people being killed and injured on building sites.

It seems to me that CDM has been an expensive, bureaucratic failure which has made no real impact on site safety and that the money would have been much better spent in other ways (such as more factory inspectors). If Kevin Myers has any serious evidence to the contrary, perhaps he could share it with us.

AN Beal (M), a. beal@btinternet. com.

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