While health and safety is an important area for workers across different industries and sectors such as healthcare, for instance, there are times when perhaps it can be taken too far.
A local council in the Yorkshire Dales, Craven District Council, has instructed its dustmen not to collect rubbish from properties with long driveways in case they fall and injure themselves. Almost 13,000 people set to be affected by the decision.
Paul English, one of the local councillors who opposed the decision, called it ‘crazy’ and ‘health and safety had gone mad’. He said: “Wheelie bins have wheels and are easy to move around and refuse collectors are trained to do it. It is like telling a footballer not to play football in case he breaks his leg.”
In cases like these, it is important remember not to take things too far. Common sense should always prevail. Health and safety training should always be used to ensure the safety of workers and members of the public, but never taken to the extent where it can prevent someone from delivering essential services or fulfilling the required duties of their particular role.