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    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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    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

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