Top 10 Health and Safety Myths

Faruk Patel has recently been jailed for 2.5 years because of his total disregard of health and safety procedures. The site manager was convicted of gross negligence when one of his workers died after falling through a skylight.

Every year there are a significant number of workers across all industries who get injured or fall ill because of their working environment. In the last month alone a Cargo handler was fined for safety failings when a worker was injured, a healthcare company was fined for the death of one of its elderly residents and a coach company and horticultural company were fined for not ensuring they had adequate safety procedures in place.

The latest estimates show that annually over 600,000 workers are injured in workplace accidents and a further 500,000  workers suffer a new case of ill health which they believe is caused or made worse by their work. The provisional figure for the number of workers fatally injured in 2015/16 is 144.

The loss of work hours is significant and costly for both employers and employees and many of the injuries may have been preventable if adequate health and safety procedures were in place. It is also important to remember that a company’s insurance may not be valid if HSE rules are not adhered to, including having an adequate number of qualified First Aiders available at all times.

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We all know that some health and safety regulations might feel a bit draconian.  For example the story of the railway assistant who was suspended for helping lift to safety an elderly woman in a wheelchair who had fallen on the track. Very valiant and commendable but what if a train had suddenly appeared and both of them had been killed?

It’s a tough one.

There are a lot of health and safety myths around and over the years the Health and Safety Executive has tackled some quite incredible ones about what is and what is not allowed by health and safety law.  And to enlighten workers on some of the myths that have been around over the years it recently published its top ten worst myths.

  1. Children being banned from playing conkers unless they are wearing goggles
  2. Office workers being banned from putting up Christmas decorations
  3. Trapeze artists being ordered to wear hard hats
  4. Pin the tail on the donkey games being deemed a health and safety risk
  5. Candy floss on a stick being banned in case people trip and impale themselves
  6. Hanging baskets being banned in case people bump their heads on them
  7. Schoolchildren being ordered to wear clip on ties in case they are choked by traditional neckwear
  8. Park benches must be replaced because they are three inches too low
  9. Flip flops being banned from the workplace
  10. Graduates ordered not to throw their mortar boards in the air