Mention has been made before of how we tend to take some things for granted and even view them as an irritation.
This particularly is true of the vexed subject of health and safety with eyes rolling at the memory of reading such horror stories of conker playing being banned in a school. The fact that many of these ‘stories’ are, in fact, myths can be found on the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) website – www.hse.gov.uk/myth/index.htm – where the more fanciful ones reside.
Look at the section on press releases and you will find that the HSE pursues and gets results on a daily basis. We carry the unfortunate story of a person who died because of a dangerous ladder while working for a roofline company.
The fine at Wrexham Magistrates Court was a paltry £4,000 plus £4,000 costs. It seems a desperately small sum for a man’s life – only 35-years-old and with all to look forward to.
The value that courts in this country put on the deaths and injuries at work is perhaps for another day. What is not, is that when you hear people in your local pub moaning about what they’ve read or seen about health and safety, remind them that it is only because of the work by bodies like the HSE, that we have the lowest incidence of fatalities in Europe. It has helped to make this country one of the safest places in the world to work, saving thousands of lives, preventing many more injuries at work and reducing the economic and social costs of health and safety failures.
Caption The HSE has played a vital role in bringing injuries and fatalities to the level they are today, especially avoidable ones like falling from height because of poor equipment.