THE RECENT tragedy in which three workmen died on the site of the former Reckitts building in Hull and the death of a nine-year-old boy on a construction site last weekend highlight the need for a more enlightened safety culture in the industry.
As safety consultants, we see numerous cases of unsafe practices while simply driving around, and these, more often than not, are on the smaller sites.
The CDM Regulations have led to a definite improvement in site conditions where they are being applied properly.
But there are too many contractors that have little concept of what health, safety and welfare is all about.
As in most of life's activities, rules are a necessity for good order but, unless there is strin-gent enforcement and punish-ment of offenders, rules are readily ignored.
Regrettably, the lack of resources being provided for the Health and Safety Executive means it is all too easy to escape and too many disasters are out there waiting to happen.
The industry will not improve without effective policing.
M C Bielby
Health and safety section head - construction