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    The world has gone Health & Safety mad.

    I won't bore you with the details except to say that a guy turned up at the office yesterday to tighten a disabled persons handrail.
    He arrived complete with toe protector boots, knee-pads, high visibility yellow over jacket, yellow hard hat, safety glasses and rubber gloves.
    He also had enough ID's hanging around his neck to sink a battle ship.
    Him: What seems to be the problem?
    Me: I don't think the guy who fitted this rail drilled the holes deep enough; the screws have bottomed out before they have pulled the rail up to the wall.
    Him: I haven't got a screwdriver.
    Him: I will have go back and get a screwdriver.
    He went off in a rustle of Nylon and Vynil and returned after lunch to tell me that he couldn't fix the handrail because he could not find his permit that allows him to use a screwdriver and they wouldn't sign one out.
    Today two of them turned up all dressed in their safety gear, one to drill the hole because he is qualified and the other to put in the screw because he has found his permit.
    Now believe it or not a safety officer turns up wearing the same as the others except he has a red hard hat on saying "Safety" on the front and will not let them proceed because they haven't bought barriers with them to cordon the stairway off.
    Get this. They are coming back on Tuesday if they can swing it, however because there will be four of them. I'm not joking here; it might need a risk assessment before it can be done!
    The handrail was paid for by the local authority and has not cost me a penny but I am fuming. It's all like some sick joke.
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    Bonkers raving mad. The lot of them.

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    I was at the library and saw someone wearing a face mask, but he was wearing it around his neck, so I don't think it was all that effective...
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    Actually, the majority of H&S is made up. Employees follow the rules set down by their boss who is usually misguided.

    For example, one primary school a couple of years back decided to only allow kids to play conkers if they wear safety goggles, because a kid lost sight in an eye due to a conker accident. Fair enough; but before you know it people got the wrong end of the stick and people got the idea that it was an official Health and Safety guideline.

    The company contracted to do this task have obviously gone WAY over the top; It wouldn't surprise me if they had recently had a suing by one of their employees, or were maybe under scheduled inspection and the guy in charge decided to shine things up a bit.

    Of course, when it comes to losing time and money simply because you don't have a flipping permit is just ridiculous.
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    I wonder if they no longer think "this is absolutely insane" and just go with the flow, no longer questioning why they're doing things.

    The "punchline" of this sick joke is that it is costing hundreds of times what it should do, all at the expense of the taxpayer. Meanwhile, the police, the health service and the armed forces are underfunded.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mobyme
    I won't bore you with the details except to say that a guy turned up at the office yesterday to tighten a disabled persons handrail. [...]
    BAHAHAHAHAHA!

    That was the funniest thing I read all day! Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Raffles View Post
    I wonder if they no longer think "this is absolutely insane" and just go with the flow, no longer questioning why they're doing things.
    There's little to no point to questioning regulations and the such.

    Everyone knows they are insane but no one wants to be responsible for the 1 in a million accident that may occur should they be the one who tells people not to do something.

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    Oh Lord it goes on. Today we had two female "Safety" officers turn up. Both were wearing hardhats this time in white (What is it with the hardhats, do they expect the sky to fall in?) The reason for their visit; I quote "To see whether or not the loose handrail constitutes a danger to the public and whether or not the ramp should be closed". They couldn't understand why I walked off shaking my head. I can't wait to see what Tuesday brings.
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    utopia or just a surrealistic nightmare, is the first things that crosses my mind... sometimes the world is just amazing, and as innocent bystanders we can just scratch our heads and watch this madness mwah hah hah
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    Quote Originally Posted by mobyme View Post
    Me: I don't think the guy who fitted this rail drilled the holes deep enough; the screws have bottomed out before they have pulled the rail up to the wall.
    Him: I haven't got a screwdriver.
    Him: I will have go back and get a screwdriver.

    what a joke!!!

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    The world is really gone mad to us..."Punishment"?

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    But I believe that we can make it!

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    I meant that to happen silver trophybronze trophy Raffles's Avatar
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    What do they mean by the "public"? Are your offices a tourist attraction?

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    This is hilarious -- hahaha
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    Quote Originally Posted by Raffles View Post
    What do they mean by the "public"? Are your offices a tourist attraction?
    Yes, sort of. There is a heritage trail that goes past the office at a lower level and again at a higher level. I put in a ramp for one of the girls who works with us and a lot of people with walking difficulties and in wheelchairs take advantage of it to avoid steps.
    I have never had a problem with it and have always actively encouraged it if one of us sees someone who is never going to make it up the steps. I was approached to see if I would make the access official and allow the fitting of a more substantial handrail to which I agreed; but did not realise I would be dealing with Clowns.
    I found out on Saturday that the railing actually cost 6000 with the fitting which works out about 500 a metre.
    The ramp is officially a "public place" until Midnight April 5th 2011.
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    It always irks me when there are people (who are doing building work or something) walk around the building wearing hardhats, when I work here every day and don't wear one. I think, if these builders and engineers are that worried about the building collapsing on their head at any moment, maybe I should be wearing one every day!
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    The people that make up these rules and regulations seem to forget that they were children once. Im sure they weren't wrapped in cotton wool and used safety specs to play conkers!!!


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