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Soane to head CROSS reporting scheme

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FIRST DIRECTOR of the long-awaited construction industry confidential reporting scheme CROSS is ex-Bingham Cotterell chief executive Dr Alistair Soane, the Standing Committee on Structural Safety (SCOSS) said last week.

The scheme will enable engineers to share concerns about structural safety issues in confi dence.

A 12 month pilot study funded by ICE, IStructE, the Health & Safety Executive, the Department of Trade & Industry and the Scottish Executive starts later this year (NCE 9 December 2004).

Soane will launch and publicise the trial, and receive and collate any confidential reports made by engineers.

Soane told NCE that he was 'really looking forward to seeing what type of reports would be submitted.' Since Bingham Cotterell's merger with Mott MacDonald fi ve years ago, 64 year old Sloane has been a member of the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister's building regulation advisory committee .

SCOSS has been calling for a construction industry version of the confidential reporting schemes operating in air transport and the railways for many years.

NCE promoted and contributed to the early development of the scheme, which it dubbed CROSS in 1998 (NCE 2 July 1998).

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