Author: The Institution of Structural Engineers' Health and Safety Panel
1 August 2013
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The Institution of Structural Engineers' Health and Safety Panel
Drawing on two high proﬁle examples, Sean Brady suggests that attitudes toward near-misses can sometimes result in complacency – with catastrophic consequences.
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