If ever a story epitomised the phrase ‘health and safety gone mad’ it’s the often told tale of children being made to wear safety goggles when participating in a game of conkers.
Accidents, be they slips, trips, and falls in public, car crashes or accidents at work, can have extremely severe consequences. Therefore, anything that is put in place to minimise the risks is overwhelmingly a positive thing.
There is, however, a line. Forcing children to don safety goggles in order to play one of the oldest games around clearly crosses that line. It is just as well then, that it isn’t true.
There were numerous newspaper reports at various stages throughout the mid-2000s that, such was the fear of children suffering any form of personal injury, health and safety had indeed ‘gone mad.’
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) moved to allay such fears in 2007 – emphasising that, whilst the ruling had been introduced in one school by one well-meaning head-teacher, it was far from the norm and nor was it likely to become the done thing.
As well as goggles, rumours abounded of youngsters being forced to wear padded gloves. The HSE were keen to point out that the risk from playing conkers is so small it is virtually irrelevant ,while the items being used as weapons is an issue for discipline rather than safety.
Unfortunately, scare-stories such as this often serve only to distract from the very real and very present danger of public accidents – the consequences of which can be physically debilitating and emotionally damaging.
Whether you suffer from a road traffic accident, a slip, trip or fall or workplace injuries, it is important to remember that help is at hand.
You could well be due some accident compensation, particularly if your case meets the following criteria and safety was at risk:
- The incident took place within the last three years
- Your subsequent injuries required medical attention
- Your accident was the fault of someone else
A call to Accident Advice Helpline can get you on the way to the accident compensation you may merit. The quick claims calculator on their website can quickly establish the validity of your claim while their team of experts have a wealth of experience in all manner of personal injury claims.
They work on a no-win, no-fee basis and usually complete cases without the necessity of an appearance in court.
Date Published: November 18, 2013
Author: David Brown