Civil engineers in Aberdeen have spoken out about how they fear leaving their homes because of safety concerns.
Civil engineer Erin Williams was born in Edinburgh, Scotland and grew up in a working class area.
Now she lives in the Scottish capital and has worked in civil engineering since graduating from university.
Civil engineering in Aberdeen Civil engineering in Scotland has become increasingly important to civil engineers and the number of projects under way is steadily increasing.
“The problem is not just that we can’t get out of our houses, we can get out,” she said.
“The fact is we have no choice.”
Ms Williams says that for civil engineers working in Scotland, it is the first job that they do that they fear they will be killed if they leave.
“It’s very important that people are able to leave their houses in a safe environment, so that people can get on with their lives,” she added.
Ms Williams said that as civil engineers, the number one fear is being attacked.
“If you leave your house you’re going to get attacked,” she told BBC Scotland.
“That’s why it’s important that you get into the building and get into your building and see the building that you’re working in, so you can make sure that you are OK.”
Civil engineers are concerned about safety concerns Civil engineers in the UK have spoken up about the potential risks of leaving their houses, with the Scottish Civil Engineers Association saying that there were about 1,200 civil engineers in Scotland in 2015.
“I was so afraid I would get into a car accident that I couldn’t walk into the car park and I was scared of driving,” Ms Williams said.
However, she said that the number has risen dramatically in recent years.
“We’ve seen a real increase in the number that have actually gone into work,” she explained.
“There are now over 1,300 civil engineers across Scotland, so the number is now around 1,500.”
Ms Williamson said she has spoken to many other civil engineers who fear they may have to leave homes if they are unable to work safely.
“Some of them have told me that if they’re not allowed to leave they’re going down to the town square, which means that they may get in an accident,” she recalled.
‘They can’t be alone’ Ms Williamson is one of many civil engineers from the UK who have spoken about the risk of being attacked by intruders.
She said that in the past few years, there have been instances of people being attacked in their homes.
“In the last couple of years, I’ve had one person actually attack me with a knife,” she continued.
Despite the growing fear, Ms Williamson said that she has remained confident in the safety of her work.
“My job is to ensure that we are able, as engineers, to do the work that we’re trained to do, so if someone is in our building and I have to make sure they can’t do that I’m OK with that,” she concluded.
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