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Repeal excessive construction warning signs legislation

Comment 1st July 2010

This proposal is to repeal the slew of laws and regulations relating to warning signs on and around construction sites.

Repealing the legislation that introduced these pointless warning signs will have no real impact on accidents at construction sites and will lower the cost of construction works – which affects both taxpayers and private investors.

Why does this matter?

To offer an example, a hole dug in a pavement needs not only a surrounding structure (sensible), but also signs telling pedestrians to walk to the left or right of the hole.

This presumes the general public are incapable of working out how to walk around a hole in the ground. I have even seen holes next to walls needing signs telling people to walk to the left (and presumably, not spider-man style climb over the wall to the right).

The legislation puts a cost burden on construction companies as these often quite expensive warning signs need to be purchased, repaired and replaced when damaged/stolen.

In addition the large number of warning signs now required at building sites do nothing to actually improve safety and are now required more to protect the company from H&S inspections and insurance claims.

There is a well understood phenomenan of "sign blindness", where people tend to ignore warning signs when there is a profusion of them. The large number of warning signs are therefore not adding to saftey, just to costs.

Repealing the legislation that introduced these pointless warning signs will have no  impact on accidents at construction sites and will lower the cost of construction works – which benefits both taxpayers for council/government construction, and private investors for commercial developments.

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