My thanks to a loyal reader who pointed me to some absurd Nanny nonsense concerning the goings on in Haworth (West Yorkshire) and its church clock at St Michael and All Angels Church, erected (can I say "erected" before 21:00?) in 1863.
For the last 23 years Jens Hislop has climbed the steps of the church several times a week to wind the clock.
An insurance inspection declared that Mr Hislop’s stepladder and winding platform - which have been at the church for decades - were unsafe, and the clock has been stuck at 5:20 since February.
Mr Hislop cannot touch the clock again until £1,000 of safety work on the joinery has been carried out!
He is quoted by the Mail:
"I have been looking after the clock for 23 years and it has gone like clockwork. Then we had an insurance assessment and now health and safety has kicked in.As ever, the insurance industry wins!
I personally don’t think it is unsafe. But they say it’s dangerous. The clock is in perfect working order but has been stopped since February. It is crazy.
The platform is only 10ft off the floor and the wooden step ladder was here when I started 23 years ago and is no different now to what it was then."
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