Monday, April 16, 2012
Health and Safety At Carshalton Ponds
I was hugely gemused to read about a wee touch of Nannyism at Carshalton Ponds last week. When I used to live in Croydon I would occasionally pop down there to "water myself" in one of the many fine pubs near the ponds, therefore I have a fond recollection of the place.
Anyhoo, it seems that there was something of a kerfuffle at the Ponds last week involving 25 firefighters.
Did someone fall in the Ponds?
Was a car on fire?
It seems that a seagull had become stranded (thanks to a discarded plastic bag) in the Ponds!
Factoid: Carshalton Ponds are no more than 3 feet deep!
Despite having 25 firefighters on hand (5 crews no less!), they could not venture in to save the bird because of health and safety regulations.
Fortunately, for the seagull, help was on hand. Braving "certain death" (or more realistically, wet trousers) a member of staff from a nearby wildlife centre put on some waders, walked out to the stricken Herring Gull, and freed its foot from a plastic bag.
The 25 firefighters looked on, helplessly.
So why were the firefighters there then?
To rescue anyone who may have got into trouble rescuing the bird...ermm, wouldn't the risk of that happening have been reduced if the firefighters themselves had rescued the bird in the first place??
Pass the sickbag someone!
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