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With the regulations now more than three years old, it is the view of those administering the regulations (i.e. HSE), that generally, designers have taken their duties seriously and have been most diligent in identifying the hazards associated with their designs. However, they have been less diligent in taking the issues forward and amending their designs to avoid the risk ie the first priority in the hierarchy of risk control: (1) avoid - alter the design; (2) combat at source - design in, details which reduce the risk ie provide lifting points for items which require lifting; (3) control the risk - provide protective measures i.e. introduce measures to protect the entire work force. The use of personal protective equipment should only be used as a last resort. CDM Task Group
According to Professor Peter Bartos, director of the Advanced Concrete & Masonry Centre at the University of Paisley, Self-compacting concrete (SCC) does away with problems of poor compaction, which can mean difficult and costly repairs. It also reduces environmental noise and problems of white-finger syndrome suffered by operators using vibrators. Kathy Stansfield
When completed in 1999, Guildhall East will consist of four office levels and three basements. The two lower basements will provide art and manuscript storage, while the upper basement, containing the remains of a recently discovered Roman amphitheatre will be fitted out as a museum.