Friday, August 31, 2007

BBC NEWS | UK | England | London | Bin boy given £4,000 compensation

BBC NEWS | UK | England | London | Bin boy given £4,000 compensation: "A teenager who was dumped into a rubbish bin by a police officer has received £4,000 in compensation."

Sunday, August 26, 2007

Driving Under the (Cellular) Influence: The Link Between Cell Phone Use and Vehicle Crashes

AEI-Brookings Joint Center:
Saurabh Bhargava, Vikram Pathania. Working Paper 07-15. Jul 2007.
"The link between cell phone use while driving and crash risk has in recent years become an area of active research.".........."
None of the additional analyses produces evidence for a positive link between cellular use and vehicle crashes."

Terror compensation

The Copenhagen Post: "One of the two men acquitted in February in the Glostrup terror case is now seeking compensation totalling DKK 735,000 for his unjustified imprisonment - three times that of the customary DKK 600 per day"

Saturday, August 25, 2007

UFO 'sightings' in Fyffe

UFO 'sightings' in Fyffe: "The heat is not stopping spectators from enjoying all outdoor activities. The 3rd annual UFO Days are taking place this weekend in Fyffe in DeKalb County. The event gets its title from a time in the late 80s when more than 50 people in the town reported UFO sightings."

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Bonkers Institute: Home

Bonkers Institute: Home: "for Nearly Genuine Research"

Pharma Giles: Pulling Our Legs..?

Pharma Giles: Pulling Our Legs..?: "Often, when typing these posts, I get shooting pains in my legs and I have to get up and walk around for a bit. According to GSK, it seems that I may be suffering from an insidious condition known as Restless Leg Syndrome."

Why use lead in paint?

Why use lead in paint?: "Mattel, the world's biggest toy maker, has recalled millions of toys that were coated with lead paint. Lead's poisonous properties have been known for thousands of years, so why was lead ever added to paint, and why is lead paint still being made?"

Prof's mock AC/DC paper shook him all write wrong

Prof's mock AC/DC paper shook him all write wrong: "Deborah Tetley, CanWest News Service Published: Wednesday, August 22, 2007 It's a battle for the ages -- who was the better frontman for the Australian rock band AC/DC? The late Bon Scott or his replacement, Brian Johnson? University of Calgary economics Prof. Rob Oxoby couldn't care less."

Good old days - 8 -

Rocking Horse
Britain's tradition of rocking horse manufacture, which has its roots in knights practising their jousts, could be crippled by new European safety regulations (CENLEC). According to the new standards, "activity toys" cannot have a height from saddle to floor of more than 60cm, less than two feet. That effectively rules out all but the smallest rocking horses, say craftsmen in the cottage industry's 60 or so firms who comprise the £35m per annum industry. (EU Weekly News – C Mobray 30/11/03 )
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Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Fair deal


"Mr. Quinn, I have reviewed this case very carefully," the divorce court judge said, "and I've decided to give your wife £967 a week."
"That's very fair, your honour," the husband said. "And every now and then I'll try to send her a few quid myself."
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Myth of the month - August 2007


Myth of the month - August 2007:

The myth: Egg boxes are banned in craft lessons as they might cause salmonella;

"This story started after a school briefly banned children from using cardboard egg boxes to make things, threatening years of Blue Peter tradition. They were concerned that children might catch salmonella. Within a few days the school realised there was guidance from the County Council and an organisation for teachers called CLEAPSS, making clear that as long as egg boxes and toilet roll centres look clean, there is no reason why they should not be used. Just another storm in an egg cup…"

Monday, August 20, 2007

Response to Sunday Mirror criticism of fairgrounds study

Response to Sunday Mirror criticism of fairgrounds study:
"The Editor Sunday Mirror 1 Canada Square Canary Wharf London E14 5AP 13 August 2007
Dear Sir Your piece (Sunday Mirror, 12 August 2007, page 29) criticizes an HSE study of behaviour at fairgrounds. This study was conducted after 5 fatal accidents at fairgrounds in one year. A review of fairground safety showed that HSE needed more information about risks that ride passengers were taking. The results provide important information about human behaviour on rides. This will help industry design and operate rides more safely and supports HSE advice and enforcement. Fairground industry associations fully supported the project, as I expect would those of your readers who want their loved ones to enjoy the excitement of a fairground and walk away from it safe. Yours faithfully Geoffrey Podger"

BBC NEWS | Politics | Tories announce mayoral hustings

BBC NEWS | Politics | Tories announce mayoral hustings: "The four Conservative London mayoral contenders are to be quizzed by Londoners at four hustings next month. Any Londoner can register to take part in the open primary which will decide the Tory candidate for next May's poll."

Sunday, August 19, 2007

Good old days - 7 -

ESSO blue banned. And EU directive has banned the use of blue dye used to identify domestic paraffin. This is to make it less attractive to children, who might be tempted to drink it. (Daily Telegraph letter 8 March 1999)
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Danger! Asbestos Dust Hazard


Danger! Asbestos Dust Hazard, originally uploaded by Chaddles.

That yellow tape reads "Danger! Asbestos Dust Hazard".

Law Weblog » Michigan Woman’s Claim: Starburst Are Dangerously Chewy

Law Weblog » Michigan Woman’s Claim: Starburst Are Dangerously Chewy: "Starburst Fruit Chews are exactly as their name would indicate: chewy. A Michigan woman says the sweets are so chewy, they should come with a warning label."

Bonkers Conkers American style

Law Weblog » What a difference a couple of minutes can make. Ex-employee loses his case by 88 seconds.

Law Weblog » What a difference a couple of minutes can make. Ex-employee loses his case by 88 seconds.: "Tuesday 7 August 2007 at 11:45 am | In News | The Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has upheld a decision not to accept a claim that was 88 seconds late. Claim Forms have to arrive at the Employment Tribunal within 3 months."

EAT / HR joke!

The Wardman Wire » Bonkers Conkers and Health and Safety: Response from the Institution of Occupational Health and Safety

The Wardman Wire » Bonkers Conkers and Health and Safety: Response from the Institution of Occupational Health and Safety: "I have had a detailed response from the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health to my article “Do Health and Safety Professionals Get too Much of a Kicking?” I reproduce it full here."

icSouthlondon - Top toy store in scare over lead

icSouthlondon - Top toy store in scare over lead: "Aug 19 2007 Children's jewellery containing potentially fatal levels of lead was sold at Hamleys, the toy store confirmed. The company pulled two toxic products, imported from China, from its shelves and launched an immediate inquiry, a spokeswoman said."

Looks like safety is a real joke in China, although Mattel Chief Executive Officer Bob Eckert thinks its no joke.

Saturday, August 18, 2007

The Continuing Adventures Of A Jedi Master: Meet Baby Nebosh

The Continuing Adventures Of A Jedi Master: Meet Baby Nebosh: "Yes its Friday again and theres a bit of chaos in the office today because camera has gone missing, I left it on Normal Nebosh's desk last night after downloading the photos and its vanished. We have all the Nebosh Family here today, Master Nebosh, Normal Nebosh (The original and still the best) and Baby Nebosh,"

A sort of diary » I Wish This Was A Joke

A sort of diary » I Wish This Was A Joke: "Park benches across the country will have to be replaced at a cost of hundreds of thousands of pounds - because they are too low. Under new health and safety laws, benches must be more than 17.75in high so the elderly and disabled can get off them easily. The new rules came to light after Bramcote Crematorium in Nottinghamshire was told by officials from the local Broxtowe council to replace 40 memorial benches costing £400 each."

Small Heath Blogger: Tory madness of 'red tape' cuts

Small Heath Blogger: Tory madness of 'red tape' cuts: "John Redwood’s proposals to reduce so-called ‘red tape’ are unbelievable as they advocate abolishing the working time directive, and reducing protections for workers. How does scrapping the working time directive fit into Cameroon’s stated aims of making the work life balance?"

A Roman Thought: Health and safety madness

A Roman Thought: Health and safety madness: "I took a flight back to the UK last weekend. From the moment I stepped off the plane at Bristol airport I found I was experiencing culture shock. In my own country. The first thing I saw, literally as I stepped off the tarmac, was a flight of stairs and in front of it a large yellow 'warning' cone. The cone was emitting a robotic voice, which warned, 'Please remember to mind the stairs'. I could see the stairs, they were there in front of me. I assume that had I been lame, blind or partially sighted, the airport would have provided someone to help me down them. But no, this cone appeared to be there purely in case an able-bodied passenger forgot to 'mind' them, and subsequently sued Bristol Airport for failing to remind them to pay attention."

Chartered Institute of Environmental Health : Media myths damage health and safety

Chartered Institute of Environmental Health : Media myths damage health and safety: "Publication Date: 27 October 2006 Misleading media stories about killer conkers and ladder bans have damaged public confidence in health and safety laws, according to a new report by the Trades Union Council. TUC general secretary Brendan Barber said inaccurate and exaggerated reports were undermining the whole concept of health and safety in the public’s eyes. ‘They perpetuate a false picture of Britain as a risk-averse country wrapped in cotton wool with a compensation culture gone haywire,’ he said."

Health and safety purge of the park benches that are 3 inches too low | the Daily Mail

Health and safety purge of the park benches that are 3 inches too low | the Daily Mail: "Park benches across the country will have to be replaced at a cost of hundreds of thousands of pounds - because they are too low. Under new health and safety laws, benches must be more than 17.75in high so the elderly and disabled can get off them easily."

orienteering :: nopesport :: View topic - Health and Safety Madness


orienteering :: nopesport :: View topic - Health and Safety Madness:

icWales - Silly summer advice could stop kids having fun

icWales - Silly summer advice could stop kids having fun: "Jul 28 2007 by Rhodri Clark, Western Mail CHILDREN’S freedom to play this summer has been so curtailed their health is being put at risk, experts warned yesterday. Rules imposed by councils, schools, insurers and others trying to eradicate danger are preventing youngsters learning how to handle risks, it is claimed. There are also warnings that growing restrictions on activities are exacerbating health and weight problems, and undermining children’s resourcefulness. This week youngsters were banned from riding in the Llandudno donkey derby – a highlight of children’s holidays for 40 years – after insurers said the activity was too risky."

American Chronicle: The latest U.S. health safety distraction ploy: Blame China!

American Chronicle: The latest U.S. health safety distraction ploy: Blame China!: "Bill Haymin August 4, 2007 By: Mike Adams, newstarget.com Key concepts: china, America and food safety. U.S. health and safety officials have found yet another brilliant way to distract the public from realizing just how dangerous U.S.-made food and drug products are: Blame China! Lately, we've seen China blamed for everything from toxic toothpaste, deadly dog food, contaminated ginger and now lead-based paints in Mattel toys. Of course, all the accusations are true. China's food and herbal products are so routinely contaminated with pesticides and heavy metals that high-quality supplement formulators in the United States refuse to buy products from China anymore. But the really clever part in all this is that blaming China prevents people from paying attention to the dangerous ingredients openly allowed in the U.S. food supply by the FDA."

Volunteers’ safety is not madness

The Argus Brighton Hove & Sussex news sport jobs and local information: "I MUST reply to Councillor Neil Parkin's comments about this year's Adur Bath Tub Race (The Argus, July 12). 'The whole world is going health and safety mad,' said the leader of Adur District Council. There are a lot of organisations involved giving their time and expertise free of charge to try to ensure the event goes smoothly and safely. The RNLI has a safety boat patrolling the river and the Adur Canoe Club from Shoreham has experienced canoeists paddling the river offering safety, rescue and first aid."

Wheelie bins banned - in case dustmen hurt their backs | News | This is London

Wheelie bins banned - in case dustmen hurt their backs | News | This is London: "Householders have been told to stop putting their rubbish in wheelie bins - because dustmen might injure their backs lifting out the sacks. Instead, residents must place their bags directly on the street for collection by hand. The health and safety ruling by council officials in Portsmouth has caused fury because household waste is collected only once a fortnight."

Thursday, August 16, 2007

Happy feet


Two retired safety managers, who loved fishing, John and Jack, were out on the lake bright and early one morning. They sat silently as they fished. Each kept very still so as not to frighten off any fish. After six hours, John shifted his feet. Jack said, "What is it with you? Did you come out here to fish or dance?"
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Good old days - 6 -

Fire Certificate
Landladies with lodgers will have to have a fire certificate. Works for this will cost on average UKP900. Similarly, anyone working from home who may have a visitor will have to have the same fire certificate. The CEC deny that home workers have to have fire doors. The extension of the rules to all premises however small where the public could have access is a Home Office interpretation. (Indy 29/7/92). The Place of Work Act was due for implementation in 1993 but was deferred owing to the cost estimated to be GBP1.7bn. Revised regulations have been produced which the British Retail Consortium alone reckons will cost retailers GBP230m. Mike Fisher has threatened to resign from the government's deregulation task force because he believes the new regulations will cost business hundreds of millions of pounds. He says ministers are too willing to accept new regulations from Brussels (FT 6/12/96).
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Mattel CEO: 'Rigorous standards' after massive toy recall - CNN.com

Mattel CEO: 'Rigorous standards' after massive toy recall - CNN.com: "BETHESDA, Maryland (CNN) -- The CEO of Mattel Inc. insisted Tuesday that his company has 'rigorous standards' and apologized as the company was forced to recall millions of toys for the second time in two weeks."

The toys were manufactured in China.

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

All office equipment must be tested by a qualified electrician every year


The myth: All office equipment must be tested by a qualified electrician every year
The reality
No. The law requires employers to assess risks and take appropriate action.
HSE’s advice is that for most office electrical equipment, visual checks for obvious signs of damage and perhaps simple tests by a competent member of staff are quite sufficient.
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Good old days - 6 -


A dim view of Europe. A European Union regulation now forbids the re-glazing of old spectacle frames unless the said frames are stamped with the `CE' logo. This can mean having to pay almost double the original cost of the lenses in order to get new frames as well. (Letter to Yorkshire Evening Press 08/07/2001 by Mike Walsh)
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Smokers drag down a workplace, study says - CNN.com

Smokers drag down a workplace, study says - CNN.com: "We've all worked with them - self-proclaimed 'smokers' who mysteriously disappear for longer (and more often) than their designated 15-minute breaks."

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Dead parrot


A safety inspector bought a parrot for his office at work as no one talked to him . After two days, the inspector found his new friend laying on its back - feet pointed straight up.

He called a safety consultant he knew who kept parrots, "Please help my friend," wailed the inspector.
"I'm sorry the bird is quite dead" said the safety consultant. "No, no..it can't be", cried the inspector.

The consultant called in his own pet, a Labrador retriever, which sniffed the bird, shook his head and walked out.

Next, the consultant called in his cat which carefully walked a circle around the bird and walked out.

"No doubt about it ", said the consultant, "That is a dead bird."

The consultant reached for his pen and pad. He wrote out a bill and handed it to the safety inspector. "Eight Hundred pounds!?" cried the inspector.

"That's Correct! I'm charging you for three procedures. There is my opinion, a lab report and a cat scan."


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Basic Instructions: How to Slow the Spread of Germs

Basic Instructions: How to Slow the Spread of Germs

Fall

The safety manager of a factory fell down the stairs from his office. The MD saw him fall and rushed to his aide. "Stoker," he said, " did you miss a step?"

"No," said I, " I'm pretty sure I hit every one!


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Good old days - 5 -

THOUSANDS of farmers and other workers are to be banned from driving tractors, lorries and dumper trucks for much of the working day under an EU directive on vibrating machinery. The restrictive limits of the EU Physical Agents (Vibration) Directive were agreed in Brussels yesterday and will be published this summer. The directive was immediately condemned by the National Farmers' Union as a "masterpiece in madness". The NFU led opposition to the directive because it meant farmers would have been forbidden from driving a tractor for more than three to four hours a day. That limit was roughly doubled yesterday and farmers were given a five-year extension to convert existing tractors and machinery to comply with the directive. Any restriction on the time farmers can spend at the wheel of their tractors will have big cost implications, particularly at harvest time. However, the impact of the law will be even heavier on other industries. The Health and Safety Executive said yesterday that it would cost £3 billion to £4.8 billion to implement. Ben Gill, the NFU president, said: "This directive has been driven through without any scientific justification. This is the European nanny state gone mad." Using an arcane formula to measure the "whole body vibration", the time limit for using a chainsaw would be one and a half hours. Lorry drivers would be restricted to working for only six hours and dumper truck drivers to two hours. The time limits for using a road drill would be 47 minutes. Road haulage companies say the directive could triple operating costs. The Tories say that the limits, which are designed to prevent lower back pain, will ruin the building industry and hamper farming. They are urging the Government to block the legislation. The directive now has to be rubber-stamped by the European Parliament and the EU's Council of Ministers. The Government will have three years to implement the regulations. (Daily Telegraph 14/03/2002(Again))
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Ingredients of safety at work offence by officer - Times Online

Ingredients of safety at work offence by officer - Times Online: "An offence was committed by an officer of a body corporate which broke health and safety laws through his behaviour if he either knew of the relevant facts giving rise to the offence, or if he did not know, should by reason of the circumstances, have been put on inquiry as to whether the relevant safety procedures were in place."

NEBOSH : Students - Warning

NEBOSH : Students: "Warning about “Model” Diploma Assignment answer available on Ebay We have discovered this week that a 'model' assignment for Diploma Unit A is for sale on Ebay; price £99. The author states that he is a 'Qualified Lawyer' and NEBOSH Tutor."

The good old days - 4 -

From January 1997 all powered hi-fi must carry a CE mark. Anything without is illegal, although speakers are exempt. Prices will rise because manufacturers have to cover the costs of testing which run into tens of thousands of pounds. It is an expensive piece of bureaucracy as it is neither a mark of safety nor quality. Different interpretations are applied in EU countries. The conclusion is that CE stands for Confusion Everywhere. (What Hi-Fi Jan 1997)
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Monday, August 13, 2007

BBC NEWS | England | London | Labour MPs spurn Boris mayor bid

BBC NEWS | England | London | Labour MPs spurn Boris mayor bid: "Conservative MP Boris Johnson's bid to become London mayor has been condemned by two Labour MPs. Dawn Butler and Diane Abbott, Labour MPs for Brent South and Hackney North respectively, said his views on race harked back to the 1950s."

The good old days -3-

The new Cosmetics Products (Safety) Regulations implementing an EU directive will cause havoc to hundreds of small cosmetic companies. All labels must be reprinted replacing common terms such as witch-hazel and nettle extract with incomprehensible Latin names. Water must be called aqua and vitamin E is lecithin-retinyl acetate. (Sunday Telegraph 17/2/97) Those people with nut allergies will have to learn the Latin terms for nuts, such as arachnis for peanuts. Not to do so could be fatal. (Radio 5 Live 21/5/99)

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Government Regulation: 4 Jul 2005: House of Commons debates (TheyWorkForYou.com)

Government Regulation: 4 Jul 2005: House of Commons debates (TheyWorkForYou.com):

John Redwood,
House of Commons debates
Monday, 4 July 2005
"Then we have the regulations that are over the top and silly, out of all proportion to the possible risk. We have the risk assessments that are now demanded by some councils before people can undertake sponsored walks. I read about a case a few weeks ago when the council said that the person organising the sponsored walk had to walk the circuit three days in advance and ensure that there were no dangerous rabbit holes. If there were, the organiser had to ensure that everybody on the walk was fully briefed about them before going on the walk. However, nobody told the rabbits, any of which could have dug a dangerous hole between the reconnaissance and the briefing. I wondered whether the briefing would cover that crucial point. Can the Government not see that that is ridiculous and put something in the Bill about proportionality to try to calm down such activity?"



GeekLawyer’s Blog » An end to health and safety madness?

GeekLawyer’s Blog » An end to health and safety madness?: "Geeklawyer, a pioneer in the difficult art of combining “red in tooth and claw” free market principles with corporate social responsibility, congratulates John Redwood for his latest plans to revitalise capitalism in the UK. For the past decade we have laboured under the woolly communist thinking of pinko lefty Tony Bliar cynically masquerading as neo-conservativism, for no other reason than populism. His campaigns of “public service” before private profit have wrecked the potential value that ‘public-private‘ initiatives could have brought to corporate profitability. And public benefit. Because, remember, when large corporations make tens of billions in profit, which are hustled off into offshore holding companies not paying tax, it isn’t just shareholders who benefit. No, it’s the poor and disadvantaged who benefit from the trickle-down effect of these profits. Everyone wins. Except under Neo-Labour communism. It’s political correctness gone mad."

Illogical, captain -

Illogical, captain - Leadership - Management Today: "You’ve just gotta love John Redwood. The Vulcan, as he was once rather uncharitably nick-named, has a brain the size of a planet - possibly the planet Vulcan, possibly an even bigger one than that.
If patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel (Dr Johnson), then 'cutting red tape' must be the death rattle of a politician with nothing better to tell us."

Sunday, August 12, 2007

The good old days - 2 -

Wellington boots now come with a 24 page user's manual in accordance with the EU Directive for Personal Protective Equipment 89/696. The booklet is printed in 10 languages and gives advice on risk assessment, storage conditions, life expectancy, washing in a mild detergent, resistance to electricity, cold weather and oil, but not water. Users are advised to try each boot for fitting before use. Even the amount of energy absorbed by the heels is recorded. The manufacturers are required to test their boots twice a month at EU approved laboratories to ensure they comply with the standards. (Daily Telegraph 26/5/97)
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safetyphoto safety photo: "Site updated 12/08/2007 - New safety photos in members area."

Saturday, August 11, 2007

Schoolgirl goes to court

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2007/04/28/nring28.xml: "A teenage girl banned from wearing a Christian chastity ring at school is taking her case to the High Court. Lydia Playfoot wanted to wear a silver ring that showed her commitment to remain a virgin until marriage. But her school refused permission on health and safety grounds and because the ring infringed its jewellery policy."

Pensioner told she can't tend flowerbed unless she erects warning signs and wears a fluorescent jacket | the Daily Mail

Pensioner told she can't tend flowerbed unless she erects warning signs and wears a fluorescent jacket | the Daily Mail:

"by LUKE SALKELD - Last updated at 14:41pm on 10th August 2007 Comments Comments (30) She has needed little more than a trowel and a dedicated green thumb to turn this village flowerbed into a work of art. Unfortunately for June Turnbull, council officials say she also needs a few other accessories - namely, three warning signs, a 'lookout' and a fluorescent safety jacket - before she so much as pulls another weed."

The good old days - 1 -

A Suffolk engineering company must pay £80,000 a year to bury sand used for casting moulds in a landfill site as toxic waste, even though, under another directive the same sand is considered safe enough to be put into children’s sandpits. New guidelines implementing EC waste directives mean his sand no longer meets safety limits for arsenic. Tests show that it is only present in minute quantities, 7 parts per million. The EC toy directive allows 25 parts per million in sand used for children’s play. (Sunday Telegraph 26/7/98)
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twinlets.co.uk :: View topic - Health and Safety :) - Long but funny

twinlets.co.uk :: View topic - Health and Safety :) - Long but funny: "As Wogan says - Is it me... On November 5, 2006, a crowd of more than 2,000 people assembled in a field in Ilfracombe, Devon, to watch a virtual bonfire on a big screen. Heaters were arranged strategically around the field to give the sensation of the warmth of a real bonfire and loudspeakers played the sound of wood crackling. The organisers decided on this performance after concluding that it would be uneconomic to comply with precautions insisted upon by the local council's elf 'n' safety officers."

Hello UK! > UK's Stupid Health & Safety Rules

Hello UK! > UK's Stupid Health & Safety Rules: "Are English people really this stupid that they have to be over-regulated with all these health and safety rules??"

The day of the zealots - Times Online

The day of the zealots - Times Online: "First the pub, now the street? Resident pro-smoker Rod Liddle battles the anti-smoking activists Standing outside a London mainline station, waiting for a taxi, I lit my first cigarette for three hours, leaned back against the wall and inhaled a lungful of cool grey smoke and felt an agreeable tingling spread throughout my body. Do you smoke? You really should give it a go. Very agreeable experience."

Friday, August 10, 2007

Disabled North Sea oil divers win compensation case against Norwegian government - International Herald Tribune

Disabled North Sea oil divers win compensation case against Norwegian government - International Herald Tribune: "OSLO, Norway: An Oslo court ordered the Norwegian government Friday to pay three deep sea divers a total of nearly 30 million kroner (US$5.1 million, €3.7 million) in compensation and interest for health problems associated with working in the offshore oil industry. The government has one month to appeal the ruling, which could bring a rash of similar cases if the judgment stands."

reportonbusiness.com: Laughter is the best workplace medicine

reportonbusiness.com: Laughter is the best workplace medicine: "How important is a sense of humour in the workplace? Ninety-seven per cent of workers polled say it is very or somewhat important for managers to have a funny bone, with just 3 per cent sending a sour note."

Thursday, August 09, 2007

BBC NEWS | UK | House fire deaths at record low

BBC NEWS | UK | House fire deaths at record low: "The number of house fire deaths in the UK has fallen to its lowest level since records began, official figures show."

Rough justice for campaign widow - Investigates - News - Mirror.co.uk

Rough justice for campaign widow - Investigates - News - Mirror.co.uk: "It was a bitter end to Angela Parr's two-year campaign for justice after the death of her husband Michael.

He died while working at the Land Rover plant in Coventry when heavy equipment fell on him."

Scotsman.com News - Health - Cancer rates soar as people fail to heed warnings


Scotsman.com News - Health - Cancer rates soar as people fail to heed warnings: "RECORD numbers of people are developing 'avoidable cancers' because of their lifestyle, despite warnings.

Figures released yesterday show soaring levels of cancers caused by excessive sunbathing, obesity, alcohol and smoking."

Wednesday, August 08, 2007

Road and Office Safety Protection Agency

The Road and Office Safety Protection Agency recently divulged they had covertly funded a project with company car lease companies for the past five years, whereby the lease companies were installing black box voice recorders in company cars in an effort to determine, in fatal accidents, the circumstances in the last 15 seconds before the crash.

They were surprised to find in 44 of the 50 different occupations using leased cars, the recorded last words of drivers in 61.2 percent of fatal crashes were, “Oh, SHIT!”

Only the construction industry was different. There, 89.3 percent of the final words were: “Hold my beer and watch this.”


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Stupid architects – JustElite

Stupid architects – JustElite: "Stupid architects"

China safety


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HEALTH AND SAFETY @ WORK


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Health and Safety:Workplace Ergonomics


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Volunteer fireman, 28, hurt in fall from ladder- Columbian.com

Volunteer fireman, 28, hurt in fall from ladder- Columbian.com: "BY ISOLDE RAFTERY, Columbian staff writer

A volunteer firefighter for the Vancouver Fire Department suffered fractures to his left arm while participating in a training exercise Sunday."

Speeding Signs Delayed Over Ladder Rules (from Chorley Citizen)

Speeding Signs Delayed Over Ladder Rules (from Chorley Citizen): "FLASHING speed signs are being delayed from going up on Lancashire roads because of health and safety 'rules'.

More than 30 speed indicator display (SpID) signs, which show drivers their speed sometimes with a smiley or sad face depending on their reading, are being delayed because police say they cannot teach council staff how to climb ladders to put them up."
By Camilla Sutcliffe

Tanga de Seguridad - Safety Thong

Its safer without the harness sometimes :)

safety at work #1


safety at work #1, originally uploaded by tschaut.

My "friends" of our contractor (... one of Germany's big construction companies) ... presenting a master piece of safety at work ;-)

Health & Safety Madness


Health & Safety Madness, originally uploaded by Tractor_Boy.

Taken pre-match at Portman Road, Ipswich. Proof if it was needed that health and safety laws have gone mad!

Morrer a Trabalhar - O Blog de Segurança e Saúde no Trabalho

Morrer a Trabalhar - O Blog de Segurança e Saúde no Trabalho: "Segurança e Higiene do Trabalho, Segurança e Saúde no Trabalho, Acidentes de Trabalho, Doenças Profissionais, Riscos... Tudo explicado, discutido e debatido por mim, João Rui Pinto, Técnico Superior de Higiene e Segurança, Licenciado em Engenharia Química e apaixonado por estes temas. Com a vossa ajuda e contribuição, caro leitor. Para que não restem dúvidas, todas as opiniões expressas neste blog são apenas as minhas e não de qualquer organização onde trabalhe ou tenha trabalhado."

Martin Macklin says police in Bourton-on-the-Water must have better things to do on a Saturday night than give out parking tickets.

Martin Macklin says police in Bourton-on-the-Water must have better things to do on a Saturday night than give out parking tickets.The 47-year-old, who runs The Lansdown Villa Guest House, has...: "Martin Macklin says police in Bourton-on-the-Water must have better things to do on a Saturday night than give out parking tickets.The 47-year-old, who runs The Lansdown Villa Guest House, has refused to pay his fine after he was ticketed when he nipped into the Chinese takeaway in Station Road."

Will my right hon. and learned...: 26 Jul 2007: House of Commons debates (TheyWorkForYou.com)

Will my right hon. and learned...: 26 Jul 2007: House of Commons debates (TheyWorkForYou.com):
Michael Clapham (Barnsley West & Penistone, Labour)
"in fact the construction industry is expecting that they will show that deaths in construction have increased by about 30 per cent. She will also be aware that since 2000 there have been 200 fewer inspectors,"

Yikes a Labour MP is concerned about the working class

Tuesday, August 07, 2007

Floor


wk_spl_hhgst506, originally uploaded by roofer60.

Dilapidated auto body shop Virbland


M0132 Virbland 2.0?, originally uploaded by Stillframe.

This dilapidated auto body shop could very well become the new Virbland. The next few weeks will unveil the outcome. Oil & lube, anyone? :)


Nas alturas


Nas alturas, originally uploaded by tarsischwald.

Destruction


D9BA4212_3_1, originally uploaded by Horrgakx.

Should Humpty Dumpty have used a ladder?!


Recent Issues: " Article By Denise Breen-Lawton St Pauls Chambers"

Monday, August 06, 2007

MANY HANDS MAKE NO ENTRY


MANY HANDS MAKE NO ENTRY, originally uploaded by ALOFBRID.

Alfobrid captures the moment

toc toc toc... entrez !: Bing, bang, rentre dedans tans pis pour l'imprudent


toc toc toc... entrez !: Bing, bang, rentre dedans tans pis pour l'imprudent: "Rasés, les buildings corporatifs pour faire place au Bourg Viau !"

Idaho Examiner: You got to love this one."Common Sense News"

Idaho Examiner: You got to love this one."Common Sense News": "Have a great day.
U-haul can make an idiot proof trailer hitch but then comes an even better idiot!

Here’s a little lesson in how not to do things which seems to totally escape some people."

Sunday, August 05, 2007

Industrial Accidents: 25 Jun 2007: Written answers (TheyWorkForYou.com)

Industrial Accidents: 25 Jun 2007: Written answers (TheyWorkForYou.com): "Peter Soulsby (Leicester South, Labour) | Hansard source Asked

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what percentage of workplace deaths resulted in (a) prosecution and (b) conviction in each of the last five years.

Anne McGuire Anne McGuire (Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department for Work and Pensions) | Hansard source Replied

HSE does not hold this information in a manner allowing the question to be answered in detail without incurring disproportionate cost. Work is in hand to allow regular reporting of this information from 2007-08 onwards."

Industrial Health and Safety: Publicity: 17 Jul 2007: Written answers (TheyWorkForYou.com)

Industrial Health and Safety: Publicity: 17 Jul 2007: Written answers (TheyWorkForYou.com):

"Mark Hoban (Fareham, Conservative) | Hansard source - Asked

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much was spent by the Health and Safety Executive on campaigns to raise awareness of the dangers of working at height in each of the last five years."

Anne McGuire Anne McGuire (Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department for Work and Pensions) | Hansard source - Replied

"The Health and Safety Executive's (HSE) 'Height Aware' Campaign 2006 cost about £1.7 million including publicity, promotional events and evaluation of its effectiveness. In 2005 HSE ran some initiatives focusing on ladder safety costing around £17.500. HSE is currently building on these with the current 'Ladder Exchange' initiative, for which final costs are not yet available. A falls from height campaign specifically targeting those working in the construction sector was run in 2003-04, costing £275,000. These campaigns were aimed at reducing deaths and serious injuries arising from falls from ladders which cost the British economy more than £60 million a year."

Slackers, and Proud of It

KnowHR Blog: "It’s funny with all the Getting Things Done focus and the push to be more efficient at work that slacking off has become an art form. Workers slack off something to the tune of a quarter of every day. Here’s a summary of recent research in Inc.com:"

Saturday, August 04, 2007

Commuting Made Easy (2007)


Commuting Made Easy (2007), originally uploaded by fcic_gsa.

studioFonzar’s Blog

studioFonzar’s Blog: "Ennesima dimostrazione del “fai da te”.
Pittori che lavorano a circa 3 - 3,5 m da terra sulle scale.
Gli dico “Ingegnoso”. Mi risponde: “Xe esperienza”. Gli ribatto “perchè ti è andata bene fino ad oggi e la puoi raccontare”. Il suo commento: “se speto i ‘ngegneri che me fasi una roba che me risolvi il problema, no lavoro più”.
Una sfida? Una provocazione? Ditemi voi."

Thursday, August 02, 2007

Miserable Brits declare War on Comfort | The Register

Miserable Brits declare War on Comfort | The Register:
By Andrew Orlowski
"Ten weeks of relentless UK rain abated this week, but not before the deputy Mayor of London had promised to pile on a bit more misery."