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    Most bizarre health & safety cases: Royal British Legion stops offering pins with poppies

    Health and safety rules and regulations are designed to prevent various injuries in public places, or work-related accidents, for instance. Such rules are generally based on common sense and created to protect the public and/or employees against personal injuries with potentially serious consequences. In some cases, however, safety precautions do seem to be a little over-cautious, to say the least.

    The case of ‘no more pins with poppies’

    One such case emerged as far back as 2003, when the Royal British Legion was first advised to hand out poppy stickers, as opposed to poppies and pins, to children. As the debate about how much injury a pin can actually cause continues, defenders of this policy point out that potentially severe injuries may be caused to babies getting hold of and accidentally swallowing pins. Another risk of serious injuries appears to threaten employees, with pins dropping into industrial machinery, for example, having the potential to cause somewhat more serious accidents at work than simple pin stabbings.

    Preventing pin-related accidents

    Although such accidents are rare, they are none the less real, and as a result, Royal British Legion volunteers handing out poppies are now encouraged to eliminate the need for pins by placing poppies into buttonholes. Just in case this is not possible, they have also been instructed in minimising pin injuries by securely fastening poppies and pins into clothing.

    Slips, trips and falls

    While all this seems extreme at best, some rules do make perfect sense. Rules designed to prevent members of the public being injured by falling, slipping or tripping, for example, legally require that authorities, companies, shop owners and so on take all necessary precautions to prevent such accidental injuries.

    Public liability compensation

    Should a person be injured by slipping, tripping or falling because such precautions were not taken, the injured individual has the legal right to claim for personal injury compensation against the authority, company or individual responsible for their accident. Such claims for compensation can be initiated by contacting the Accident Advice Helpline.

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    A law firm with almost 14 years of experience in handling compensation claims, the Accident Advice Helpline offers legal assistance with claims processes on a no win no fee* basis. The company’s advice line is available 24/7 and manned by experienced, helpful and friendly staff members. All calls to this line are strictly confidential and free from obligation to pursue claims with the company.

    Date Published: February 12, 2014

    Author: David Brown


    Most bizarre health & safety cases: Royal British Legion stops offering pins with poppies

    Most bizarre health & safety cases: Royal British Legion stops offering pins with poppies

    From slips, trips and falls to pricks from a poppy pin, there is an extensive catalogue of personal injuries that could occur in public places – but when has it gone too far?

    Preventing public injuries, or just pure poppycock from the Royal British Legion?

    It was in 2003 when we first heard that the Royal British Legion had been advised not to hand out pins with poppies to children, but instead offer a poppy sticker. Since then, there has been much debate surrounding poppy-related injuries, such as safety surrounding stabs caused by the pin and injury to the finger or chest.

    Alternatively, volunteers for the Royal British Legion are now encouraged to place the poppy within a buttonhole, where possible, eliminating the need for a pin. They are also shown how to fasten a poppy securely into clothing to minimise the chance of injury from the pin.

    But how much harm can one poppy pin cause?

    In most cases, the ongoing poppy pin saga is a case of extreme health and safety precautions. There are odd instances where pins can cause more severe issues. These include falling into industrial machinery and a baby retrieving the pin while being held and potentially swallowing the item.

    Any item could cause injury and it is only these cases that see poppy pins pose a real, yet very rare, risk to the general public.

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    Personal injury claims

    While you may well agree that the removal of pins from the Royal British Legion poppy campaign box is a tad extreme, it doesn’t mean to say that there aren’t genuine cases of personal injury out there.

    If you or someone you know has suffered harm due to an accident in a public place that wasn’t your fault, there is a likelihood that you will be able to claim compensation for the injury you incurred.

    Typically, the public incident which caused you harm must have occurred within the last three years. You must also provide evidence to confirm that you were not accountable for your injury.

    With the basic details of your claim, a legal firm such as Accident Advice Helpline will check the eligibility of your case and advise whether it is likely to be successful.

    As a personal injury law firm, Accident Advice Helpline has over 15 years’ experience of working on a ‘no win, no fee*’ basis with a nationwide team of solicitors to ensure that your claim is in specialised, dedicated, cost-efficient hands. Call us free on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone for free, no obligation advice about making a claim.

    Date Published: December 11, 2013

    Author: David Brown

    Category: Uncategorised

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