Friday, April 13, 2007
The Health and Safety Gestapo
Nanny's Health and Safety Gestapo are up to their old tricks again, by using "risk assessments" in order to try to control people's freedom.
The good people of Otley are up in arms about plans by Leeds council, to fence off a river in Wharfemeadows Park. In fact the residents are so "peeved" (can I use a word containing "pee"?) that they have set up the Wharfemeadows Action Group(WAG).
The cost to the taxpayer of this fence, by the way, will be £165K.
WAG are claiming that Leeds Council has grossly over-estimated the risks posed by the river, and that the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (ROSPA), which has advised the council, has got the law wrong.
WAG have at least managed to delay Nanny, Leeds council has recently promised a consultation period and a public meeting ahead of any final decision.
WAG persuaded the council to delay, by presenting them with a document outlining 10 reasons why it believes the council has got it wrong.
WAG describe the RoSPA report, on which the council's plan is based was, as:
"seriously flawed and ignored several important
legal precedents and Law Lords' judgments."
WAG member Linda Lukats said:
"In view of the overwhelming opposition from
the people of Otley to RoSPA's misguided and
excessive recommendations, we were not surprised
to hear that the council are now considering alternative proposals.
Unfortunately nobody has yet had the courtesy
or good sense to provide the people of Otley
with the details of these revised plans
and so we are not in a position to comment on them.
The campaign continues."
Seemingly one of Nanny's real concerns is the danger of someone falling into the water, or rather the danger of the council being sued by someone who falls into the water.
So they don't give a stuff about the person, just their bank balance!
"The council has misled itself into thinking
that it would be legally liable for any injury
from entering the water unless it took the utmost pains
to make it physically difficult to get into the water.
This is incorrect."
RoSPA's head of leisure safety, Peter Cornall, is unconvinced by WAG. He is most worried about the weir.
"There is a significant hazard in the
middle of the site (the weir) that would
need some kind of edge protection."
ROSPA say that coping stones only 6in high were all that prevented people going into the weir waters, and these stones were a trip hazard.
Aha...the old "trip hazard"!
More than 2,000 people have signed a petition against the fence plans.
WAG will present the petition at a meeting of the council on April 18.
Nanny needs to understand that she cannot zeroise risk.
People will always do stupid things, and no matter what barriers Nanny erects; stupid people will try to circumvent them.
How many times do we hear of thick as shit teenagers running along railway lines, or climbing pylons?
A full an enjoyable life can only be had where you manage risk, not zeroise it.
The trouble with Nanny and her minions in her local councils is that they don't use commonsense, and that they don't give a damn about the quality of their "charges'" lives.