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As a CDM sceptic, I see that the results of your survey (NCE last week) seem to lend themselves to whatever interpretation suits the reader.

Most respondents do not think that most site accidents are down to poor design and just over half attribute accidents to poor site management. This seems to contradict the HSE's view but accords with my own enquiries during the past year or two.

Although many surveys support the view that designers carry most of the responsibility for site safety, I attribute this to brainwashing by the HSE and the media.

Young engineers wanting to get chartered quickly pick up the mantra they need and spout it uncritically.

The survey also shows majority support for more involvement by the HSE. I have always been of the view that more unannounced inspections would be a more effective way to improve site safety but, of course, this would cost the government money.

Nick Reilly (F), 17 Ember Lane, Esher, Surrey, KT10 8DZ

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