Could Santa Claim Compensation For Injuries At Work?
Cheam Rotary Club has been in the news recently for banning Santa from sitting on his sleigh during their annual festive parade. Is this an example of health and safety gone mad, or a legitimate concern for all employers?
Organisers of the Cheam Rotary Club Christmas parade took the unusual step last year, of banning Santa from his own sleigh. A plastic santa took his place, and local residents were outraged that the real Santa had to walk alongside the float that carried his sleigh. Many young children were disappointed as they were unable to see him.
The Rotary Club quoted health and safety as the reason for the ban, so how far is too far when it comes to health and safety at work? The Health and Safety Executive had this to say:
“Clearly nobody wants Santa injured at this, his most important time of year. But regular parades take place all year around all over Britain and floats are a major part of that tradition. Others have been successful in finding ways of safely letting performers ride on vehicles so I am curious to know why you considered this was not possible.”
On a more serious note, the issue of safety in the workplace is sometimes sidetracked by employers. Accident at work compensation specialists, Accident Advice Helpline, suggest that health and safety at work is a very serious matter,
“You only have to look at the number of work injury compensation claims that we deal with to realise that not all employers take this issue seriously. Accident injury claims that are made as a result of avoidable workplace accidents continue to grow, and employers must realise that they have a duty of care to all staff.”
Accident Advice Helpline offers advice and support to anyone thinking of claiming accident at work compensation via their free helpline on 0800 689 0500.
Santa was unavailable for comment.
Date Published: January 27, 2013
Author: David Brown