Wednesday, June 18, 2008
The Doormat Inspectors
This story has rather struck a chord with me, as a very similar thing happened in our apartment block.
Stanley Samuels, a resident of Brookshill Gate in Harrow, recently received a letter from his management company telling him to get rid of his doormat because it was a trip hazard.
In fact all the residents of Brookshill Gate received written notification from HML Hawksworth saying that they are no longer allowed to have front doormats, as they are seen to be a trip hazard.
Mr Samuels said:
"They hand delivered letters to all of us, they said that if we have got a mat they will throw it away.
I thought it was ridiculous but rather than my mat being thrown away, I've brought mine inside.
When visitors come to stay, I just want to them to be able to wipe their feet and not make my carpet dirty.
The whole world has gone mad if you think about it, all the things we used to be able to do we are not allowed to anymore.
I've lived here for three years and no one has tripped over a mat, or broken their leg or anything.
The law with the mats is part of health and safety rules which applies to flats like these, but it appears the law is wrong.
How many people have fallen over their mats in a mad rush to get out?"
The 18-flat complex is home to residents of all ages.
The letter said:
"Following a recent health and safety site inspection it has been bought to our attention that you have a doormat in the communal parts of the building.
Please can you remove the doormat as this is a breach of health and safety regulations.
Please be advised that if the doormat is not removed we will have no choice but to remove the doormat in due course."
As you can see, Nanny was even threatening to steal the mat if her orders are not obeyed. She can't do that!
The reason that this strikes a chord with me is that exactly the same thing happened in our apartment block last year. Nanny's rules require that there is a health and safety inspection by "experts" (third parties who have set themselves up to make easy money from Nanny's rules).
Our "expert" produced a weighty report that contained many photos of "dangerous" mats, a firedoor propped open (to allow painting to be done that day) etc. We were told to have our mats removed.
Here's where it gets good...I am on the board (now chairman) of our management company...ahah!.
The "expert" was duly told to fark off, and that any attempt to remove my mat would be met with lethal force!
We have of course ignored the doormat inspector's report.
Interestingly, a few months after his visit, it was discovered that in one block the fire alarm system could not be heard on the upper floor, the emergency lighting didn't work and that outer wall studding was loose thus presenting a genuine risk of things falling off the building.
Our doormat inspector (who allegedly was here to provide us with a health and safety report) found none of those genuine risks.
The truth is that many of the so called "experts" who claim to offer health and safety advice/reports are nothing more than amateur scam merchants, feeding off Nanny's ill thought out health and safety legislation.
There are genuine experts who do provide a very necessary and useful service, unfortunately thanks to the actions of the scam merchants the public now regard all such members of that profession with contempt and ridicule.
Nanny is making a complete fool of herself, and deserves to be held in the highest possible contempt.
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