The Australian Code Of Practice For Safe Design Of Structures

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Society values in its professionals adequate knowledge, skill and high moral character (Spector, 2001) and as designers, we are expected to abide by imposed rules embedded in the law through regulations and professional codes but also develop a ‘good moral character’ and a self-regulated ethical behavior.
Regarding the issue of the rights of construction workers and the casualties and fatalities that happens on site, we need to really understand the fine line between ethics and the law. Under the Australian Code of Practice for safe design of structures, it states that while “designers may not have management and control over the actual construction work they can discharge their duty by consulting, co-operating and coordinating activities, where reasonably practicable, with for example the Principle Contractor who does have control of the construction work. Examples of what they can do is provide information of any identified hazards arising from an unconventional design to those who will construct or use the building; provide guidance on how a structure might be constructed safely; apply risk management processes to more traditional designs and considering whether new or innovative approaches to design will eliminate or minimize risk and result in an intrinsically safer building or structure; and carrying out all of these in collaboration with those who have expertise in construction safety (Safeworkaustralia.gov.au, 2015)” It also states that in addition to core design…
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