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Top 10 HSE's most bizarre

Top 10 HSE's most bizarre "Bans"

24 August 2011 Email this article

Health and safety legislation exists to protect people from real risks at, or connected with, work. But it can be hard to see this from some of the stories that are reported. Below are 10 of the most bizarre health bans or restrictions spotted in media coverage by HSE over the last year.

  1. Wimbledon officials citing health and safety as a reason to close Murray Mount when it was wet.
  2. Banning dodgem cars from bumping into each other at Butlins in Skegness
  3. Banning Royal wedding street parties
  4. Banning workmen from removing an unwanted, bulky TV from a pensioner's home for recycling and told to drag it out herself.
  5. Banning carnivals with fancy dress parades
  6. The ban of  kite flying on a popular tourist beach in east Yorkshire
  7. Stopping pupils from using playground monkey bars unsupervised in Oxfordshire
  8. Banning the use of pins to secure commemorative poppies
  9. Schoolyard football games banned - unless the ball is made of sponge.
  10. Children no longer allowed to take part in a sack race at Sports Day.

    Read the full article here with examples of media coverage on these bizarre bans: http://www.hse.gov.uk