Tuesday, December 04, 2007
HSE to dissociate from 'cotton wool' culture - Telegraph: "By Richard Tyler Last Updated: 2:04am GMT 04/12/2007 The new head of health and safety in Britain has labelled some insurance firms' attitude to Christmas as Scrooge-like. It has emerged that community Santa Claus sleigh rides have been threatened by some insurers that have required Father Christmas to buckle up or pay unaffordable premiums. The industry has defended the stance, arguing that it has to assume that volunteer Santas will sue if they are involved in an accident. advertisement But Judith Hackitt, the recently appointed chairman of the Health and Safety Commission, which oversees the Health & Safety Executive (HSE), has reacted angrily to the decision."