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Architects told to plan for worker safety

SAFETY inspectors will hold on-site meetings with designers over the next two months to force architects to plan buildings with workers' safety in mind.

The latest 'Take a Designer to Site' campaign will concentrate on preventing falls from height.

The push across Scotland and the north of England follows previous visits, which unearthed a worrying lack of safety awareness among architects.

Inspectors will meet designers and planning supervisors to check they are complying with CDM regulations.They will challenge them on the way design issues affect the risks associated with work at height during construction and future maintenance of buildings.

A spokeswoman for the Health and Safety Executive said: 'While many designers are increasingly showing greater confidence and enthusiasm in applying resources and innovation tackling the risks associated with falls from height, others, unfortunately, continue to fail in this vital area of the construction process.'

Previous problems unearthed by inspectors included an architect who assumed that safety nets could be used to prevent falls but did not know whether their structure would be suitable for attaching nets to.

The architect also did not understand that the nets would deform and stretch if a person fell on to them.