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16 November 2006

Mott MacDonald supports design institutions new health and safety strategy

Mott MacDonald supported the launch of a new strategy designed to eliminate health and safety deaths in the construction industry. The launch of the new strategy hosted by the Institution of Civil Engineers was supported by a collaboration of organisations from engineering, architecture, construction and government.

The Design Institutions’ Joint Health and Safety Strategy marks the first time a group of industry design experts have shared their expertise in detail to produce an action plan focusing on reducing workplace deaths.

The Strategy was agreed upon by the Health and Safety Executive, the Institution of Civil Engineers, the Institution of Structural Engineers, RIBA, CIBSE, the Construction Industry Council, Atkins, Mott MacDonald and Halcrow Group Ltd, and will aim to reduce the 59 deaths which occurred last year by:

  • The production of Designer Guidance to the CDM 2007 Regulations
  • The promotion of lifelong learning and a competence framework
  • The promotion of a Health and Safety register for demonstration of enhanced competence
  • Providing better education about workplace risk to designers
  • Providing better access to Health and Safety information for designers
  • Continued promotion of appropriate skills cards
  • Sharing ‘lessons-learned’ experience among construction professionals
Gordon Masterton of the Institution of Civil Engineers, who chairs the Strategy group, commented: “One death in the construction industry is one too many. The Strategy has been devised by all groups involved in construction as a response to the tragic fatalities which sadly happen in our pressured industry.”

The Strategy’s lifespan will be ongoing, with key targets set, monitored and evaluated over the course of the next five years.

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