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It's Health and Safety Gone Mad!: 1001 Crazy 'Safety Crimes' [Hardcover]

Alan Pearce
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3 Nov 2009
Thank God all of us are being kept safe from harm. Thanks to the 2008 Health and Safety (Offences) Act that came in force in 2009, what was once a mere mishap is today classified as a 'crime'. Yes you heard it, you, too, may soon be a criminal if you misplace your stepladder! It's hard to image the unbearable risks that our predecessors faced. It's a miracle that the British population is still alive and thriving after 1000 years! How many realise the criminal dangers of baggy swimming trunks, or the draconian risks we face queuing for concert tickets? Even swallowing great handfuls of yew tree leaves can prove hazardous. Let your post delivery operative scratch themselves on your rosebush and you may face a whopping fine or a term in jail. Say hello to the slip-free, risk assessed totally crazy world of Britain in the 21st Century.

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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Gibson Square Books Ltd (3 Nov 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1906142459
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906142452
  • Product Dimensions: 13.9 x 20.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 18,641 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Alan Pearce was born in London and has worked as a journalist, broadcaster and author for the past thirty years. A former foreign correspondent, he has covered conflicts around the world for a variety of news organisations including Time Magazine, The Times, Sunday Times, Sunday Telegraph. He was seriously injured covering the Taliban takeover of Kabul in 1996 while working as the BBC's Afghanistan correspondent.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Insanity Incorporated 4 Mar 2010
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There's nothing new that hasn't already been reported in the more serious newspapers but it does bring a great number of such instances together in one place.
It's certainly entertaining but it's difficult to really know whether to laugh, cry or throw the book at the wall when reading about the imbecilic mutterings from the mouths of those who seem to be in charge of every aspect of our lives.
As someone who is familiar with the Health and Safety at Work, etc. Act, 1974, I can say that the way it is laid out leaves a great deal open to interpretation, although there are a number of Guidance Books available to help. However, it is obvious from the antics of officialdom in general that they have never bothered to peruse these.
The battle cry "We follow Health and Safety legislation religiously" would seem to be the norm these days, instead of studying the words properly and then applying a massive dose of common sense.
If all these ignorant health and safety zealots, ranging from Council officials to security guards and street cleaners were to take time out to read this book, they would see themselves portrayed within the pages. This might cause them to start looking over their shoulders for the approach of the men in white coats.

Come back common sense - all is forgiven.

Read the book, enjoy it and retain your sanity.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Daily Mail nonsense 25 July 2011
This book is just a reprint of news stories from the likes of the Daily Mail or the Sun. If you're a fan of swallowing other people's opinions, then this is for you. However, if you want to read stories and walk away thinking "I agree, that is nonsense, what a bunch of idiots", then you'll probably end up throwing this book in the bin and picking up a half-decent newspaper.

Of the stories I read (about half before I got bored and angry) about 90% are so light on detail that the journalist's opinion is the only clear thing.
There are a few stories where I thought "hmmm, that does sound like a town hall abusing H&S to further their own aims", but by far the majority made me think "well that's half the story, what about the other half?".

Extract from pages 62/63..."A chainsaw juggler has been barred from performing in London's Trafalgar Square in case he hurts himself or others...had been hoping to break his own record of 79 rotations in a minute...A GLA spokesperson said Mr Taylor's promoters had approached them with the idea at short notice. This meant that there was insufficient time to receive their final proposal and make a proper health and safety assessment in time for the planned activity".
Reading between the lines, it seems the GLA have not barred him, but have said that they need the promoter to come up with a firmer plan and they also need time to work out how make this apparently dangerous event safe. I think I would too - chainsaw juggling in a public place in front of a crowd? Hmmm.

Avoid this book if you've got a brain.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Should be compulsory reading 11 April 2010
All the foolishness of the H&S industry is here, should be compulsory reading especially before a General Election with hopefully some party undertaking to dismantle this self generating Industry.
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