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Politicians berate games safety failure


LONDON politicians have called on mayor Ken Livingstone to ensure that health and safety is a top priority for Olympic procurement.

A report by the London Assembly's health and public services committee published last week criticised the London Development Agency's draft procurement strategy for the 2012 games for omitting health and safety.

It said: 'Nowhere in the draft procurement principles document is there an explicit commitment to achieving the highest standards of health and safety in the construction of Olympic sites.

'We are disappointed that despite having been active in commissioning and managing Olympic projects since July 2005, the LDA does not already have these policies in place.' Before the Athens games in 2004, 14 construction workers were killed building Olympic projects, with a further 26 killed on associated infrastructure schemes.