I was therefore gemused to read that the rain (not unexpected during Wimbledon) caused the organisers of Wimbledon to turn off the giant TV screen on Murray Mount on Monday.
The reason cited being "health and safety", lest someone slip on the wet grass.
Now at which point I hear you all say "health and safety gone mad" etc etc.
However, my compliments and respect to Judith Hackitt, the chair of the Health and Safety Executive, who gave the Lawn Tennis Association a well deserved public spanking for using "health and safety" as an excuse.
She robustly pointed out that "there is nothing in health and safety legislation which prohibits the continued broadcasting of Centre Court action to the crowds on the hill during the rain. Health and safety is concerned with the proportionate management of real risks caused by work, not attempting to eliminate every minor risk from every moment of people's lives".
She then drove the point home by noting that the LTA should show some balls:
"If the LTA was concerned about people slipping and suing for their injuries, the message should have made clear the decision was 'on insurance grounds'."
As has been noted many times on this site, "health and safety" is used as the catch all excuse by unprofessional, lazy, jobsworths who are fearful of ambulance chasing insurance claims which they cannot be bothered to stand up and fight.
Good for Ms Hackitt!
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