Playing it Safe [NEW EDITION]: The Crazy World of Britain's Health and Safety Regulations Paperback – 26 Feb 2009
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'Reveals the extent of our health and safety lunacy.' News of the World --1<br /><br />'Very entertaining.' Jeffrey Podger, chief executive Health & Safety Executive --2
'Very entertaining.' Jeffrey Podger, chief executive Health & Safety Executive --2
About the Author
Alan Pearce was born in London and has worked as a journalist, BBC broadcaster and author for the past 30 years. He has first-hand experience of Health and Safety issues, covering conflicts around the world for a variety of news organisations, including the BBC, Time magazine, The Times, Sunday Times, Sunday Telegraph.
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The cuttings have been gathered between 2000-2007 and come from a wide variety of sources . There's a good mix of articles from local and national tabloids and broadsheets and even some tales from Auntie Beeb herself. They are presented in one long stream, with no chapter breaks or any other headings. Without any natural pauses in the text, it's quite easy just to plough through the lot in one sitting, as I did. In spite of the cartoon image on the front cover, there are no other illustrations in the book.
The stories range widely in terms of subject matter. Ladders, conkers and Christmas decorations all feature heavily. Health and Safety Officers from local authorities are oft quoted. The town council of Bury St Edmunds is mentioned on more than one occasion! Overall, I didn't find the collection quite as side-splitting as some other reviewers did, but the story of Shenkin the goat's unfortunate incident at the Welsh Assembly in Cardiff did cause a tear of mirth (no animals are harmed in the incident, before you ask). Another personal highlight was the tale of the shopping centre Santa who had to be given a hard hat after local kids threw mince pies at him.
Even in some of the more mundane accounts, there are some great quotes to be found. When Paul Hudson found that he could no longer take his pet iguana into the Metrocentre in Gateshead, his response was not entirely reassuring: "He is a nice animal.Read more ›
Nor do we have a "compensation culture" The book contains statements like how, after 1998 when the government introduced "no win - no fee" arrangements, "the floodgates opened". I am not sure how this squares with the steep fall in compensation claims in recent years, or the fact that 9 out of every 10 workers injured at work do not receive anything.
I guess this book will suit those who like their preconceptions pandered to and are not too concerned about accuracy.
We're in India, you see. We did well. I won't deny that I blanched and bawled, bawled and blanched, but they took scant notice. In England the act would have been totally unacceptable, and measures would have to be adopted, as they should, to a certain extent, here. Yet how far do you need to go? There's the the rub!
In UK we have gone way, way too far not only in Health and Safety regulations, but in political correctness too. There can hardly be a soul left whose life hasn't at some point been tarred by bureaucracy and petty rules. So the point of the book soon becomes its own problem. Every single clipping is headlined, (say) "!Senior Citizen Banned from Drinking Hot Tea!" - "An edict was issued yesterday by their chief Executive which prohibits Sillyville's Council Workers to serve tea above 65 deg C to senior to prevent accidents..." You could write your own at the drop of a hat.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
You wont believe how insane the PC brigade are, lots of chuckles and feelings of frustration at what the hell is happening to the country. A really good read and well put together.Published 19 months ago by pcologist
Some of these stories are incredible. But all too believable in todays health and safety mad society. Worth a look.Published on 26 Feb. 2014 by mmmppph
Amusing collection of tales about bureaucracy gone mad. Slightly tedious towards the end as most of the stories are the same. A great light hearted read.Published on 9 Feb. 2014 by Amazon Customer
Having dealt with Health & Safety authorities from a managerial position, I found this book to be very, very amusing and illustrative of some of the sillier things with which... Read morePublished on 31 July 2013 by Rabsuds
Amusing collection of articles but sadly too many of them either aren't that daft or lack enough information to really understand. Read morePublished on 7 July 2013 by Futchygu
A great e-book to dip into containing a wealth of amusing Health and Safety tales showing how ridiculous a bureaucracy grew up with the Blair government.Published on 29 Jun. 2013 by Tynesider