Most bizarre health & safety cases; Cheshire police prevented from using cycles

In the last 10 years, there have been massive strides in improving health and safety in the workplace, and reducing the risk of accidents at work.  Some measures adopted by some local councils can seem a bit barmy, and sometimes well-meaning local authorities and employers can introduce what are often bizarre and over-zealous, in order to reduce the incidence of work-related injuries. Not even the local emergency services are immune from some of the effects of health & safety red tape.

There has also been a drive in recent years to make all occupations greener. It’s now quite common place to see many local police services adopting such green measures as putting their officers on patrol in bicycles.

Example within Cheshire police

In 2008, Cheshire police, however, in a move described by Conservative MP Phillip Davies as ridiculous, faced a setback in putting their officers on the beat on bicycles. The Cheshire police decided that all officers must undergo rigorous training, and pass a cycling proficiency test, before being allowed to take to the streets on their bicycles.

It’s important to exercise due care and caution when using the roads as a cyclist, and police officers are no exception. Cyclists are more likely to be involved in a serious road traffic collision than any other demographic of road users, and are often equipped with inadequate protective clothing such as helmets.

The above example illustrates how some employers or regional authorities may perhaps be over-zealous in their interpretation of health and safety rules, but it is important to guarantee a minimum standard of proficiency for all road users.

If you’re a cyclist and you’ve had an accident on the road within the last 3 years, and it wasn’t your fault, then you may be entitled to claim compensation.

Accident Advice Helpline was established in 2000 as a law firm. We have an extensive legal team across the UK, experienced in all areas of public injury law. Our freephone lines are open 24/7, where a friendly and professional adviser is waiting to take your call on 0800 689 0500.

Alternatively, you can find out in 30 seconds or less, whether you may be eligible for compensation. Visit Accident Advice Helpline’s website for more information.

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