Posted by: Admin | May 14, 2011

‘elf and safety

Health and Safety – say that phrase to anyone in the UK and nine times out of ten you’ll get a grimace and rolling eyes. It’s become a synonym for bureaucracy gone mad, one of those concepts that start out as a good thing and end up as replacement for common sense.

Take the railway worker featured in the newspapers this week. Allegedly, he lost his job because he contravened Health and Safety regulations by pulling a shopping trolley off the tracks (thus preventing a train crash). Son No. 2 worked for a while as a Support Worker for people with severe learning disabilities. He was told that, in the event of a fire if any of his charges refused to leave the building, he was forbidden, on pain of instant dismissal, to physically remove them from danger because to do so would contravene both Health and Safety rules and violate their Human Rights. As if he would stand by and allow someone to die whose natural reaction in such circumstances would be to cower away from him.

It makes me sick, it really does. So I thought I’d show you the high regard held for Health and Safety rules by our European cousins. Bendetto and I were shooting outside when we realised we’d been locked out of the building. Unable to raise the attention of our colleagues in the studio inside, he leapt onto the scaffolding – in his socks, mind – and banged on the window. “Don’t worry,” he told me, “in my country I am a fire fighter”. So that’s all right, then.

More of the lovely Bendetto tomorrow 😉



  1. If everyone used a bit more common sense, took a few more risks and taught their children how to do things and how to take responsibility, we wouldn’t have got to the state where The State attempts to micromanage our lives. GGGGrrrrrrrrr. x

  2. You need to go and work on the building sites to see the level of stupidity that the HaS regulations have reached. It’s a laugh a minute. What makes it worse is that most site foremen have become wannabe nazis, and impose the regulations knowing that they are ridiculous.

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