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Barriers at work...

Discussion in 'Commuting' started by Maz, 6 May 2008.

  1. Maz

    Maz Guru

    Yes, that old chestnut...We got this from HQ:

    Concerning the request to cyclists to dismount as they pass through the barriers, this is a Health & Safety issue, which must be obeyed.

    I'm tempted to call their bluff and say that other vulnerable road users such as motorcyclists, mopeds and drivers of open-top vehicles should not be allowed to enter via the barrier for the same - as yet - unknown health risk (presumably, being clobbered on the head by the descending barrier).

    Part of me says go for it. Part of me says why bother?
    Waddayareckon?
     
  2. magnatom

    magnatom Guest

    I'd ask to see the risk assessment and take it from there.
     
  3. 4F

    4F Active member of Helmets Are Sh*t Lobby

    Location:
    Suffolk.
    If it was me I would go for it. If the barrier is such a risk then surely it is unsuitable for the job.
     
  4. Maz

    Maz Guru

    The voice of reason. I will do this. Thanks.
     
  5. magnatom

    magnatom Guest

    I think that is probably the first and only time I have been called this! xx(
     
  6. Twenty Inch

    Twenty Inch New Member

    Location:
    Behind a desk
    Go for it. I had this idiocy at work years ago. Pretty soon stopped trying to enforce it.
     
  7. jely

    jely New Member

    Location:
    London
    i say do whatever you feel comfortable with... of course only if you're not hurting anyone else.

    ... although, and please excuse my ignorance, but i do have to admit i'm not sure what this barrier is... are you talking about the red/white arm that goes up and down??
     
  8. Brains

    Brains Veteran

    Location:
    Greenwich
    You don't happen to work for Barclay's Bank in Canary Wharf do you ?

    A mate of mine was clobbered on the head as he cycled through the barrier to the underground car park a couple of years ago. Luckily he was wearing a helmet, but still ended up with broken glasses, a cut head and a few other grazes.

    The problem is that many of the barriers whilst sensitive enough to open when a (metal) bike comes through, are not sensitive to know when it's passed, and they are designed for cars not bikes (which considering about 25% of the traffic in Barclay's are bikes is a bit of an oversight)
     
  9. palinurus

    palinurus Guru

    Location:
    Watford
    I used to get this. The security guy left and the new one doesn't mind. Don't think it was official policy, the previous guy just didn't like me much.
     
  10. cannondale boy

    cannondale boy Über Member

    Location:
    somewhere in fife
    Just go for it...whats stopping you (apart from the security guy, thats if you have one). On one part of the forth road bridge there is a sign saying "cyclists dismount" only for about 50 yards or so. I just ignore it as i am going at a safe and steady pace and the railing is high enough.

    Health and safety my a**e!
     
  11. Maz

    Maz Guru

    The barriers at work are manually operated - security fella presses a button to raise the barrier, so nothing to do with metal detection in my case.
     
  12. Mister Paul

    Mister Paul Honky

    Location:
    North Somerset
    Ask them to do what they did at my last site -cut 18 inches off the end of the barrier. Mr Lazy the security guard doesn't even have to move his arm to raise the barrier then.
     
  13. Plax

    Plax Veteran

    Location:
    Wales
    Kind of the same where I work. The barriers are actually automatic on the way out, but apparently I'm not fat enough to trigger it (not sure if that's true, but that's what the H&S Officer here told me! I suspect it is more to do with the amount of metal, but hey ho.). The security guard always manually opens it for me or I tailgate a car out.

    Deffo ask to see the risk assessment. If the security guard opens it for you, what risk is there? If it was automatic then they'd have more of a case. Tell them you feel discriminated against and surely if you have to dismount then so should motorbikers - after all they'll be going faster and thus cause more damage if they get knocked off.
     
  14. I once drove my lorry through the barrier at work. I got a written warning for that.xx(
     
  15. mikeitup

    mikeitup Senior Member

    Location:
    Walsall
    Re

    Ask to see the risk assessment.
    Are you in a Trade Union? (if not JOIN)
    Have a word with your steward or even your Union H&S rep.