Friday, May 04, 2007
Trouble At Gestapo HQ
My sympathy to the good people of our much respected Health and Safety Gestapo. It seems that they are having a few health and safety issues at their own HQ.
According to data recently released to The Times, under the Freedom of Information Act, there were over 500 accidents and injuries in a 3½ year period at Gestapo HQ. That, by the way, works out at on accident every two working days.
There were 154 slips, trips or falls. One fall, that resulted in a strained groin...ouch...was caused by a wet tea-room floor...don't they use those dinky little plastic cones that warn of wetness?
Another employee slipped on a plastic bag and pulled a hamstring. One hapless member of staff slipped on a raisin!!!???
Someone else bruised her eye, when a lavatory-roll dispenser fell from the wall.
Inspectors were also physically or verbally assaulted nine times.
The accident rate at Gestapo HQ shows a rate of 4,143 per 100,000 people over 2005-06, compared with 2,143 per 100,000 across all companies in the process, plant and machine operatives sector, widely considered one of the most dangerous sectors.
An HSE spokesman said:
"We endeavour to be an exemplar
and as such HSE's level of reporting
is very high.
When compared against averages for
companies with our type of risk the
incident rates and rates for reportable
injuries are low."
Other mishaps included:
-Tried to step over spill on floor but slipped in the process
-Walked into warning sign — laceration to skull and damage to spectacles
-Accidentally touched bulb while switching lamp off — small burn to thumb
-Jarred wrist and arm trying to open door, which was stiffer than usual
These are the people who impose rules on us, to "help" us avoid accidents!
Physician heal thyself.