Tuesday, October 23, 2007
Nanny Bans Ladders
Oh dear, it seems that the health and safety Gestapo have struck again. This time they have forbidden firemen in the Bedfordshire and Luton Fire and Rescue Service to climb ladders.
Now I know and you know, and indeed the firemen know, that they are trained to climb ladders. However, the health and safety Gestapo have ruled that whilst it is an acceptable risk for them to climb ladders when dealing with a dangerous fire; they are not allowed to climb ladders to help clear Ampthill's bunting from a Gala day in July, or indeed help put up the Christmas lights.
In earlier years the local fire brigade has helped with the removal of the bunting. However, following one of Nanny's very "helpful" risk assessments (pass the sick bag someone) the health and safety Gestapo have said no to Gala bunting removal and Christmas lights erection.
The deputy chief fire officer, Graeme Smith, admitted it looked as if the world had "gone mad".
"One is a 999 job,
where in order to save lives
we will take calculated risks.
The other is a property maintenance job,
which is covered by standard health
and safety rules, which we would have to abide by."
Funny, I would have thought that is was far more risky to climb a ladder into a burning building than to climb a ladder to remove bunting.
I dare say that Nanny will soon ban firemen from rescuing people from fires, as the risk will be deemed to be to great!
Is anyone in this country ever going to stand up to the health and safety Gestapo and tell them to fark off?
Oh, and if you really have nothing better to do, here is a complete episode of Trumpton: