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Site for sore eyes


I was just reading through your concrete supplement (NCE last week) and was not too happy to see a photograph on page 11 showing three people climbing onto a section of a wind tower.

As a chartered civil engineer, I am very familiar with the health and safety aspects of sites and in the workplace, and feel it my duty to practise and promote a safe environment within the workplace - especially as construction is already notorious for its risk levels!

I feel that showing a photograph of somebody walking along what looks like a very precarious edge at height is a little careless. While promoting safe ethics in every shape and form, I think that something so influential as an NCE publication should be vetted more carefully to avoid showing such images.

Simple edge protection and harness supports as seen on the opposite page could have been implemented. If not, simply don't use the photo!

Please do not take this in a negative way - I am just pointing it out so as to avoid promotion of bad/unsafe habits!

Sofia Cotta (M), senior civil engineer, Cotta Consulting, sc24@ic24. net

Editor's note: Apologies. We try to avoid using pictures of obviously unsafe practice or, as in this case, examples of activities that would appear unsafe, but this seems to have slipped through.

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