Most bizarre health & safety cases: Charity shop won’t sell knitting needles

This is a true story. A charity shop has refused to sell knitting needles. Is this health and safety gone mad or is the charity shop simply trying to avoid a public liability claim.

Why and how could a public liability claim arise?

When you think about knitting you don’t think of it as one of the more risky hobbies, especially not when there are so many more dangerous sports you could take up such as bungee jumping, boxing, or even horse riding.

So, why would a charity shop ban something as innocent as knitting needles? The simple reason was because of the pointy ends. If one of the customers in the shop were to have a slip, trip or fall whilst holding these needles there could be a serious accident.

Accident claim prevention gone a step too far?

Surely if the charity shops stopped selling everything that could cause a claim for public liability compensation then they wouldn’t have many items to sell? When this story came out, the charity shop stated that they could not sell them for health and safety reasons, but the government then released a statement saying there was no rule against the sale of knitting needles.

If this is a way to prevent a public liability claim then it could be seen as quite a dramatic step to prevent a slip, trip or fall injury. After all, if they don’t feel safe selling knitting needles then perhaps they need to think about other items they need to withdraw from sale, such as brooches which can be a lot pointier than knitting needles.

If your safety was at risk

But, if anything does happen whether at work, at home or in a charity shop looking for knitting needles, and you do have an accident that wasn’t your fault then Accident Advice Helpline may be able to help you make a compensation claim.

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