I used to work on high rise roofs, some very high. It always puzzled me that when eg I was surveying a roof to price a job I had to wear high viz and hard hat. There was only me, a clip board, measuring device and pencil up there........what is going to drop on my head ??Our our former H&S adviser who pulled me up for not having a high viz on in the yard. Fair enough, I slipped it on and then pointed out....
My jumper is black. My 'high viz' is black (designated engineers colour)
Yes but you got your high viz on now...was the reply.
Actually I have a reflective on. Its daylight and reflective if useless in daylight...so what's the point ,? I asked smiling cheekily.
You're obeying the rules she said.
Yeah right, no common sense, just rules.
Why the arbitrary figure of 70mph?Other high risk activities could encompass riding motorcycles at speeds above 70mph on road or track for example.
Because that's the maximum limit on the roads and thus, imo, the rider is putting them at a risk beyond that which the law expects.Why the arbitrary figure of 70mph?
I used to regularly race bikes at over 150mph with no problems.
I've come off a bike at over 100mph on a couple of occasions and walked away.
I've also seen someone high side at 30mph and get killed by the impact. Speed is not the only factor.
Another true story. Working on a sloping metal deck roof I wore my trainer style toetectors. The project manager pulled me up and when I explained he insisted on stamping on ny toes to test them.My favourite “H&S gone mad” story. It happened to a friend of a friend - which usually means the story is made up, but this one’s definitely true.
He needed access to a construction site. He was wearing cargo shorts.
He pulled on a hi-viz vest and a hard hat, and went to the gate.
“You can’t come in dressed like that. Health & safety”.
"You’re wearing trainers. Can’t let anyone in unless they’re wearing boots with toecaps”.
“Have you noticed that I’ve got 2 artificial legs?” He pointed down at the 2 metal rods poking out of his shorts, with trainers on the end.
“Can’t you put boots on them?”
Nope....it don't work that way. Track insurance is mainly to indemnify the organisers.If doing it on a track, then you have chosen to take that risk and presumably are insured to be riding at that speed on that track... in which case, maybe your insurance should cover the cost of your care if injured and not the NHS.....
Bits from a disintegrating aircraft engine ?I used to work on high rise roofs, some very high. It always puzzled me that when eg I was surveying a roof to price a job I had to wear high viz and hard hat. There was only me, a clip board, measuring device and pencil up there........what is going to drop on my head ??
https://www.oddee.com/item_99118.aspxI used to work on high rise roofs, some very high. It always puzzled me that when eg I was surveying a roof to price a job I had to wear high viz and hard hat. There was only me, a clip board, measuring device and pencil up there........what is going to drop on my head ??
Bits from a disintegrating aircraft engine ?
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Private HC only pays up to a point for anything remotely chronic and then it’s self payMuch as I dislike the idea, the time of 'free at the point of delivery' for the NHS is passing.
As long as it's not done like the system in the USA and more like the system in Germany then it may not be a massive loss
In Germany everyone gets a (free) annual check up. This actually saves money as issues are caught earlier.
If you don't turn up for your annual check up then you have a sum deducted from your salary. (in effect, taxed)
You also pay a fixed sum to visit a GP, again if you don't turn up, you pay the bill.
I can see that the NHS will turn into the health system of last resort, anyone with a remotely decent job will get private health insurance.
My one proviso is people with issues that they were born with or developed through no fault of their own should be treated the best possible way, free of charge, for ever.
However something that is self inflicted, then a charge should be made, ideally by taxing the person either by either increased NI or IHT