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Sans of praise


On a recent holiday in New York, I was appalled to witness the poor standards of safety on site. Even on such a landmark site as Ground Zero, I saw numerous examples of 'how not to do it'. If I had seen such behaviour in this country, I would have contacted the HSE immediately.

My own experiences of sites in Germany and South Africa - albeit some 13 years old now - and what I have heard from colleagues about other countries suggests that the UK construction industry is by far the most safety conscious in the world.

Given that this is the case (NCE 23 September) how are foreign industries able to keep working as they are, particularly in such a litigious country as the US?

Also, how is it that engineers elsewhere are held in higher regard and paid comparatively better than in the UK?

Why do we never take time to celebrate our achievements?

We only ever seem to focus on the high aims we have set ourselves and the fact that we do not ever seem to fully achieve them.

Saskia Spieker, Saskia.Spieker@arup. com

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