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Everything we do carries a risk


I refer to James Church’s comments (‘How can ladders be safer than platforms?’, Letters, August 30). He is, of course, right in an absolute sense.

But his letter begs the question: “How can going to work be safer than staying at home?” Using the ‘Church approach’ of eliminating all risk, regardless of cost or convenience, the most effective way to improve construction safety is simply to ban construction.

I wonder if his office, having considered the hazard of germs on paper rolls left in the staff conveniences, has installed a voice-actuated system to deliver ‘on-demand’ wipes.

Chris Mills
Survey Control Services
Rowlands Gill
Tyne and Wear