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Architects raise game on design for safety

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ARCHITECTS are finally getting the message about designing-out health and safety risks for construction workers.

Visits to more than 100 sites across Scotland and northern England by HSE inspectors showed that designers are becoming more aware about their safety responsibilities.

But problems persist with architects who inspectors found still produce far too much paperwork and often fail to communicate with the rest of the team.

Rosi Edwards, acting chief inspector of construction, said: 'I am very pleased to see improvements being made year on year.

This is indicative of all Construction Design and Management dutyholders raising their game and reflects the benefit of HSE's more proactive approach with designers and the efforts of the professional bodies.'