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MACE Group Construction - Tristan Hallam praises a sensible approach

By Principal Lawyer, Occupiers and Public Liability

I was cycling to work this morning past a large construction site that has gone on for some months centred around the roads at the back of the British Museum in Central London. I saw a sign from one of the construction companies involved, namely MACE Group, which had under the title the words “safety first, second nature”.This is exactly the approach that everyone should take to safety. If we consider in situations where safety is paramount such as a construction site, matters of safety as being a first and foremost requirement it does over time, become second nature.As a human race, we are sometimes slow on the uptake. That is not to say that we are generally as poor as a goldfish in our concentration span however as we all know from schooldays, repeated learning instils in us what is ultimately retained and the neuron pathways in our brain are finally wired in such a way that we retain the information.It is no different with practical matters and in the same way that we learn to drive well by doing so repeatedly, if the emphasis is constantly upon safety, it will become very much second nature.I am wholly against any silly arguments that children should wear safety glasses when playing conkers at school (I read recently that the story in relation to conkers being banned in a school was in fact not accurate and had been put about by the Headmaster or another party to invoke a reaction). However we live in a dangerous world and more so on a construction site and for this reason, the emphasis is upon the employer to ensure that safety is paramount.Tristan Hallam is a partner in Personal Injury in the London office of Russell Jones & Walker.If you or a member of your family has suffered an accident or injury call our expert personal injury solicitors on 0800 916 9046, fill in our short online claim form or email and one of our specialist personal injury team will review your compensation claim for free.