Thursday, 10 December 2009

Next challenge for Sir Ranulph Fiennes: crossing the bus station

Earlier this week, while travelling by public transport, I encountered a festively attired (I jest not) Elf and Safety representative who was handing out garishly coloured candy cane confectionery items (presumably rather dangerous for those with dodgy fillings) plus a copy of the above information notice.

Traversing those few yards from one side of the bus station to the other has undoubtedly become a treacherous expedition in these days of personal injury litigation, so ice-axes and snowshoes may soon be distributed to intrepid explorers of the country's bus stations. Perhaps Sir Ranulph Fiennes may soon be engaged as a consultant to provide expert advice on negotiating sliding doors and avoiding old ladies in motability scooters.

Of course with the Christmas party season almost upon us, semi-inebriated travellers will be likely to forget the basics of road safety, so reminding them to look both ways when crossing the road, and not fall headlong on those devilishly slippery surfaces is a must, especially if the transport operating companies are to keep themselves out of the Claims Courts.

A few serious (and somewhat boring) questions for students:

  • What is the particular Act of Parliament which governs health and safety of employees?
  • Who enforces the Act referred to above?
  • What powers do workplace inspectors have?
  • What practical problems are encountered by large companies in, for example, the construction industry in complying with Health and Safety legislation?
  • Is a safe working environment likely to lead to a more motivated workforce?

1 comment:

  1. Boring questions indeed! However these are serious matters and in the current economic climate I am sure that health and safety rules, especially for small businesses, can become quite restrictive.

    If you have a roofing company then you will need to ensure the proper scaffolding etc is erected before you can do the job in hand. Why not just to have your mate footing the ladder – far cheaper for you and the customer.

    I guess it depends on the work you do as to whether health and safety restrictions lead to a more motivated workforce. After all, if danger turns you on then ‘safe’ ain’t for you!!!