You often hear people say that health and safety has gone mad, and you could be forgiven for thinking this is true when you read headlines about parents stopping their children from playing traditional games due to concerns about their safety.
Of course, health and safety is an important issue and if you have been involved in an accident at work, or you’ve slipped or tripped in a public place, you may have the right to compensation. But, where is the line and can you really say that ‘pin the tail on the donkey’ puts children’s health at risk?
Work accident: where is the line?
Many people will have been outraged when they saw headlines back in May 2010 about sales of traditional party games, such as ‘pin the tail on the donkey’ suffering a slump due to fears about health and safety. The problem cited by protective parents in the article, which was published in the Daily Mail, was that putting pins into the hands of young children was asking for trouble.
Accidents and injuries are serious business, but there has to be a line. If children are playing a game at school under the supervision of a teacher, or a classroom assistant, or they are playing with friends or siblings at home, where is the harm? Many of us grew up playing ‘pin the tail on the donkey’ and there were no such fears then.
In response to the article, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), which offers advice and information about health and safety in public places and workplaces, stated that avoiding the game seemed “overprotective”; the website also questioned whether the article was in fact a marketing ploy to get more people talking about the game.
Preventing accidents in the workplace
The ‘pin the tail on the donkey’ case is extreme and most people will agree that it is a little on the conservative side to forbid children from playing a game, which has been enjoyed by generations. However, this scenario does raise important questions and the reality is that health and safety should be on people’s minds.
Figures from the HSE show that more than 1.1 million people suffered a work-related illness in 2011/2012 and many of these accidents could have been prevented with effective health and safety measures. Health and safety should not be about taking away enjoyment and making workplaces clinical and bland, it should aim to protect people from injury and prevent harm.
Making a work accident claim
If you have suffered work-related injuries through no fault of your own, you do have the right to claim compensation and Accident Advice Helpline can help you to get the work injury compensation you may merit.
The firm was set up in 2000 to provide clients with a reliable and dependable service. Their legal team has expertise in handling travel accident claims, slip, trip and fall compensation and personal injury claims.
Date Published: November 19, 2013
Author: David Brown