Specialist training needed to carry tray!
One of the most comical health and safety cases that has been explored by an independent panel, created to expose some of the most ridiculous health and safety excuses, involved a tray of drinks.
In this laughable scenario, Tim Bannister, 35, from Hampshire had visited his local pub only to be told that he could not carry a tray of drinks from the bar to his table because he had not been ‘health and safety’ trained.
When he questioned this decision Tim was told that only people with specialist training could cope with holding drinks on a tray – a comment which he found very bizarre considering his responsible job as an occupation technical advisor!
Nothing to do with ‘real health and safety’
Tim later commented: “It was embarrassing but also laughable to be told I wasn’t to be trusted with a tray! Of course I knew this was nothing to do with real health and safety, which is why I approached the Panel. It seems to me these stupid decisions cause harm to the reputation of real health and safety, which is about saving lives of people at work.”
Hot drinks centre of false health and safety claims!
The Health and Safety Executive formed the independent Myth Busting Challenge Panel, in order to scrutinize decisions made by employers who blame certain decisions on health and safety.
Other instances where drinks have been the centre of bogus health and safety cases include bus drivers not letting passengers onto the bus with hot drinks and a customer being denied a reusable coffee cup to be filled up. All were due to alleged health and safety rules, and the myth busting challenge panel debunked all cases.
If you have come across any similar bizarre health and safety cases you too can contact the myth busting challenge panel here.
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Date Published: November 20, 2013
Author: David Brown