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Contractors World - UK & Ireland Vol 3 No 6
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Roger Lindley
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Editorial Comment
Glasgow Helicopter
Accident
What, you may wonder, has a
calamitous helicopter incident
in Glasgow got to do with a
construction magazine? The
incident is a true tragedy involving
those who patrol our streets (and skies) providing police
protection and for those simply out for the evening enjoying
the end of the week.
Our condolences go to all involved. We also acknowledge
the courage of those who, without fear for their own danger,
showed the true British character, by rushing in to help.
Time to reflect on what could have been, and statistically,
one day will be, in respect of developing London’s airports.
The Glasgow incident involved a small helicopter returning
from a routine task. Except, on this occasion, what looks like
some catastrophic mechanical failure caused the total loss of
power and control. Resulting in the tragic event.
Every week, thousands of planes fly directly over London in
the final approach to Heathrow Airport.
A similar catastrophic failure to one of these would result
in an unimaginable inferno that does not bear thinking about.
The helicopter involved in Glasgow has a good safety
record but that is no consolation. Accidents still occur.
Countries around the world have developed large, modern
airports outside of city limits. They have recognised that the
risk is too high to have high volumes of air traffic flying over
densely populated cities.
Do we have to wait for a ‘Glasgow incident’ to occur over
London before the regulators say ‘Enough is enough”? The
construction industry has extremely strict health and safety
regulations.
Think of this. If Heathrow did not already exist it is
extremely unlikely that planning permission would ever be
given to build it - on health and safety grounds.
Roger Lindley
Publisher / Editor
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