the health and safety at work act was intended to reduce and prevent industrial accidents, not to provide excuses for all kinds of civil servants and local authorities for not doing their jobs. the scope of the act needs to be seriously  curtailed and interpreted accordingly in the courts

Why is this idea important?

the act should be limited to areas of work where there is an obvious work-related danger rather than everyday situations that we never used to regard as hazardous, but rather looked on them as interesting, challenging activities or passtimes.  the examples that defy common sense are too frequent and varied for this to be a joke any more e.g. no conkers, no running in egg-and-spoon races, firemen and police doing a life-threatening risk assessment then letting people die.  this area has become a whole industry of litigation dealing with spurious or ridiculous claims

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