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Take responsibility for your own safety on site


Sir, We have been hearing an awful lot about the requirement for Corporate Manslaughter legislation lately (Letters, August 25).

Repeatedly we are being brainwashed by get-rich quick legal practitioners and unimaginative media commentators into believing that someone else is responsible for everything that happens to us that we do not like or that results in harm to us.

The idea that individuals can take responsibility for their own actions has all but disappeared from society.

Will the balance be restored when this corporate manslaughter law comes into being? Will coroners be given a new cause of death to call on, called 'individual lack of responsibility resulting in self killing'?

I doubt it.

Perhaps religious organisations will have to start taking out corporate insurance to protect their deity from being sued after 'acts of God'.

The attitude shown in some of the letters in Construction News shows that we still have a long way to go to realise that site fatalities can and should be reduced to nil.

This will only be achieved when everyone ? from clients in the boardroom to the most menial person on site ? leaves the legislative breast, grows out of nappies, starts acting responsibly and, more importantly, accepts personal responsibility.

TJ Welch Holywell Fintshire