It surprises me not a bit - when we were in Malta last time we visited the art galley in Valleta - a lovely building that had been one of the Knights Templar palaces with an amazing collection of very early art - mainly of a religious theme. The custodian got talking to us and I was surprised when he lit up a cigarette in the gallery infront of a medieval painting. When I commented he said to quote 'who cares about the bloody paintings' !!!!!!!!
Very nice country, very nice friendly people, amazing history and they don't seem to care a jot about it !
"Not a factor there"? I don't think anyone else in the world has an HSE!
France most certainly hasn't, and I can't imagine that there is anyone else other than loony Britain that has!
We are so round the twist as to be unbelievable. Everyone else thinks that if you want to do something, you should be adult enough to suss out the risks for yourself and then its up to you. If you can't - tough! Why should the State nanny you!
I like to think that the loss of the court case recently where the HSE took on the Police would have been a shot over their bows, but old habits die hard, and many a small company runs the risk of being prosecuted through non-compliance with some of the stupidity they produce.
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Details please Peter. Haven't heard of this in darkest Norfolk.
Was in South Africa last year, and some of the things I saw would have had the HSE et al having screaming fits, and heading for the nearest court. I do think we are the only country in the world that loves telling people what they can and cannot do.
Wouldn't it just? Mind you, they've different attitudes to *lots* of stuff there. I know of a bloke who was banned (by his wife) from flying his plane to the pub after he crashed into the house on his return one night.
Hah! You should see the hoops they have to jump through in "The Land Of The Free"(tm). Saying "MSDS" to any Septic contractor is normally good for a fifteen minute rant,
I think this was the case where a police officer chased a suspect across a roof and fell through a roof panel. HSE charged the police for failing to comply with HSE rules by not instructing their officers what to do in this instance. I.E. a Risk Assessment for chasing burglars across roofs!
Bloody stupid! When I (a young 45) went through the training school at work, the recent Health and Safety at Work act was explained as:- Safety is the responsibility of everyone at work. If you injure yourself by acting in an unsafe way at work, the Company is quite entitled to sue you for the loss of your time and any damage that you caused by your negligence. I thought this was quite a reasonable attitude to take.
Weren't they *supposed* to be using "ancient techniques"?
So why the merry hell were they using TIG welding?
I wonder if the original nozzle would have been quite as perfect as the modern reproduction. If edges of the hole through which the oil was squirted had been rounded or chamfered, the oil might not have sprayed into such a wide cone...