You often hear the words, ‘health and safety gone mad’ and ‘compensation culture’ these days, but when is compensation justified, and when is it right to enforce health and safety guidelines to protect the public? Health and safety is a serious business and one which we should all be aware of, but when does preventing accidents at work turn into wrapping people in cotton wool?
The case of the daffodils: Health and safety gone mad?
Daffodils have been synonymous with British springtime for centuries; a vibrant beacon of warmer weather and longer days, you would never think that such a thing of beauty would pose a danger to the safety of members of the public. But, according to one council this simply was not the case, as a group of keen gardeners found out when they were ordered to remove small sticks supporting daffodil bulbs from the village green due to the fact that they posed a safety risk.
The group of pensioners from Pevensey had spent many hours toiling over the green, which they had converted from a run-down space to a peaceful haven over the course of a nine year period. Understandably, the green-fingered pensioners were up in arms when they heard from the council, demanding that the sticks were uprooted, and many felt that it was just a case of unnecessary caution on the part of Chesterfield Council.
Representatives from the council said that they had contacted the group after receiving a complaint about the sticks.
When is work accident compensation justified?
Health and safety guidelines, for the most part, are there to protect people and they do a very important job. It is right that steps are taken to prevent people from getting injured at work, or slipping or tripping in a public place, and if you have suffered a work injury or illness and it was not your fault, you have the right to claim compensation. Work injury compensation can help to pay for medical bills, and cover the cost of lost income in the event that you are unable to carry on working, or you are forced to take time off work.
Can I make a work accident claim?
If you would like to find out more about work accident compensation, call Accident Advice Helpline, a law firm with more than 13 years of experience in public liability claims and personal injury compensation. To discuss your claim with a member of our expert team dial 0800 689 0500 now.
Date Published: December 11, 2013
Author: David Brown