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Experience is a safer bet

Sir,

HAVING been a steel erector Grade 5 for 38 years, I was amazed to read on your front page (May 20) that a site manager did not realise that a single board at height was not safe, especially if it had not been lashed.

Before I was allowed up a height, I had to learn every aspect of safety; now I find I cannot get work as a steel erector and that most firms do not have the decency to reply to my applications. I am assuming the main reason for this is my age - I am 57.

However, it seems to me that they need someone who is experienced and understands safety - then there would be fewer deaths on construction sites.

John Donkley

Hove

East Sussex