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Health and Safety Myth Busters

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Among those exposed are:

-- Bars that refuse to pull pints in glasses with handles;

-- Burgers that could not be cooked rare;

-- Toothpicks removed from the table of a restaurant;

-- Shredded paper banned from a school fete’s lucky dip stall;

-- Cot beds that could not be made up by a hotel chamber maid; and

-- Banning of bubble machine from birthday party's.

Executive Chair of the HSE Judith Hackitt said: "Why on earth do people think that they can get away with banning pint glasses with handles, bubbles at a birthday party, or burgers served anything other than well done, claiming they are a health and safety hazard? The reality is that people hide behind ‘health and safety’ when there are other reasons for what they’re doing – fear of being sued perhaps, or bad customer service. It’s time for them to own up to their real motives.The sad fact is that while all this nonsense is being spouted, it overshadows what health and safety is really about – ensuring people return home without injury from their day’s work, every day."

I agree with Employment Minister Mark Hoban who said:  "I despair when I read cases like these. Health and safety is there to protect people from serious risks, not to be abused by jobsworths who stop people getting on with their lives. Thanks to the panel we've already exposed 150 myths and we'll carry on holding people to account when they give health and safety a bad name." 

I would very much like to hear of any of your stories of a council, landowner or school that has stopped people from having fun and going about their lives.

Grant Evatt 

Associate - Personal Injury team

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