Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Too Wet To Swim
Nanny's Health and Safety Gestapo have taken their anti swimming campaign one step further, as users of the outdoor London Fields Lido in Hackney recently discovered.
The swimmers were warned that they will have to leave the water if it rains too much, because of health and safety rules. Seemingly it might be difficult for lifeguards to see the bottom of the pool, if rain makes the water too cloudy.
Staff have been instructed to close the pool when the rainfall becomes excessive.
Now this may at first sight seem all very well and sensible. However, I would ask this, if rain poses such a danger how come outdoor pools have been operating without such a rule for the last 80 years or so?
I would also ask this, aside from rain making it difficult to see the bottom, what about sunshine reflecting from the surface of the water?
Surely that is an equal, if not more serious, hazard to visibility?
Will outdoor pools be closed when it is sunny?
It is all very well legislating against every possible contingency, but there comes a point where even the most die hard Nanny and Health and Safety Officer must realise that you cannot eliminate risk altogether.
People are going to have accidents and die, whatever Nanny does to try to stop it.
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