Elf 'n' Safety Gone Wild

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Elf 'n' Safety Gone Wild

  • on: 05 Dec 2013 04:11PM
ELF 'N' SAFETY GONE WILD: 10 OF THE WORST EXAMPLES FROM THIS YEAR

Army veteran Doug Speller, 74, was told he was not allowed to stand for the National Anthem during an RAF band concert.

Morris dancers in Bacup, Lancashire face having their annual Easter show cancelled because it is so popular that the crowds sometimes spill into the street.

Binmen refused to collect rubbish from the Wright family, in Midlothian, because their bin was open by one inch.

Heavily pregnant Amanda Burch was banned from wearing a vest top while swimming at a leisure centre - but other women were allowed to keep theirs on for 'religious reasons'.

Ellie Sandywell, 11, had her stretchy Help for Heroes wristband confiscated at school because teachers feared it might get caught on a door handle.

Thames Water installed a life ring next to a brook in Surrey in case people fell in - even though it is just three inches deep.

Albert 'Dusty' Miller, an 89-year-old Navy veteran, is no longer allowed to lead Royal British Legion events because his age means he cannot be insured.

A postman in London refused to deliver a letter because the pathway to the house was blocked by a spider's web.

Alan Chittock was suspended from his job as a customer service assistant at Southend railway station after he leaped on to the train tracks to rescue a disabled woman who had fallen.

Dozens of schools are reported to have banned pupils from playing conkers, even though the HSE says the risk posed by the traditional playground game is 'incredibly low'.

http://www.hse.gov.uk/myth/


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Re: Elf 'n' Safety Gone Wild

  • on: 05 Dec 2013 04:33PM
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A postman in London refused to deliver a letter because the pathway to the house was blocked by a spider's web.

 >lol<  >doh<  you couldn't make it up..

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Re: Elf 'n' Safety Gone Wild

  • on: 05 Dec 2013 04:37PM
..on the linked Health and Safety Executive site, their Myth Busters Challenge Panel findings have  details of some absurdly fascinating cases - there's a lot of idiots wasting HSE's time, by the look of it  >erm<

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Re: Elf 'n' Safety Gone Wild

  • on: 05 Dec 2013 04:44PM
I think the problem today is that many officials take it upon themselves to imposed 'rules' because they are scared of being sued. They have no idea how to do proper risk assessments so just wing it.

We need to return to the days when organisers just took reasonable precautions and the public also took reasonable care. Accept accidents do sometimes happen and its no ones fault unless there is negligence or recklessness.

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Re: Elf 'n' Safety Gone Wild

  • on: 05 Dec 2013 05:12PM
The postman might have a genuine horror of spiders; some people can't bear them.  Arachnophobia isn't a "H&S" thing, it's a personal fear. 

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Re: Elf 'n' Safety Gone Wild

  • on: 05 Dec 2013 05:19PM
Fair comment, Seegee, I hadn't thought of that!

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I think the problem today is that many officials take it upon themselves to imposed 'rules' because they are scared of being sued. They have no idea how to do proper risk assessments so just wing it.

Definitely the wretched 'compo culture' has a big part to play - but also, reading those case studies referred to above, there's a fair few service providers (and individuals) who have used spurious 'health and safety' excuses to try and get away with doing less, basically.  Naughty, naughty!