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HSE looks to up ante in demand to design out accidents

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The Health and Safety Executive has made a further demand for designers and architects to do more to eliminate deaths in the construction industry.

The quango has produced statistics, which show that between 17 per cent and 47 per cent of accidents could have been prevented or mitigated if 'designers had taken different actions or thought differently about the schemes'.

It is determined to force architects to pay closer attention to the Construction and Design Management regulations as a tool for lowering the accident rate.

The HSE has joined forces with the Construction Industry Council and the Institution of Civil Engineers to develop a series of initiatives to increase health and safety awareness in architecture.

These will include an increase in inspecting activities, 18 new practical design guides, a revision of the CDM regulations and a series of Designer Awareness Days.

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