Thursday, August 21, 2008

Institution of Occupational Safety and Health |News Centre

Institution of Occupational Safety and Health |News Centre:
Letter to the Daily Mail from IOSH re: 'What those gold medals tell us about a very divided Britain'
"Dear sir,

Health and safety is not about stifling young people's sense of adventure as Leo McKinstry claims. The exact opposite is true, it is imperative to ensure they are able to be daring.

IOSH believes wrapping up youngsters in cotton wool is bad for their development. Hiding them away from risk will not help them survive in the real world. But that doesn’t mean we should sling them to the lions. We have to teach them to recognise and 'manage' real risk.

That's exactly what our Olympic heroes have learnt. Whether it be Rebecca Adlington, Chris Hoy or Ben Ainslie, each of them knows the risks they face in their respective sports. It’s because they know the risks and manage those risks that they’re able to stretch themselves to the limit.

So don’t fall for the myths. Health and safety advice given by professionals (not well meaning amateurs) in the field helps people be adventurous, perform at their best and, above all else, be there at the start of the competition. It is not here to stop school kids from participating in sports days or conkers contests. Doing this only heightens the likelihood of youngsters being injured or killed once they get to work. So let them play and develop into champions.

It is time perhaps for Mr McKinstry and Mr Littlejohn to engage with IOSH in a meaningful debate about perceptions and reality as they relate to health and safety.

Yours sincerely
Ray Hurst"

Norfolk activity centre prosecuted following school trip incident

Kingswood Learning and Leisure (Group) Limited of Alkmaar Way in Norwich, was fined £12,000 with £10,690 costs at Cromer Magistrates Court today (Aug 15), after pleading guilty to breaching section 3(1) of the Health & Safety at Work etc. Act 1974.

Mickey Carter-Browne, from Silsoe, was injured during a school trip to the Kingswood Activity Centre at West Runton. He fell six metres from a climbing wall, sustaining a broken ankle.

What ever the right and wrongs of the above case are, poor training / management or whatever is immaterial as the press / schools and insurance companies will pick up on this prosecution...................perhaps its time to stop blaming the press for this bad publicity? and maybe its time the press started to look at these cases in more depth;

"A Dorset firm has been found not guilty of corporate manslaughter after a worker died in an scrapyard explosion.

Thomas Mooney, 64, was helping to cut cylinders of highly dangerous gases when one of them exploded at the site in Poole, Dorset, in 2005."

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