Before we start, please be
aware that if you choose to enjoy a beverage while reading this article,
remember that hot drinks can cause injury if spilt.
if it is your prerogative to print the article for later reading,
remember that paper can have sharp edges and could lacerate your fingers
if not handled with care.
are a useful metaphor for dangerous things
Coaster Kingdom is like taming lions. It is risky and fraught with
danger. You see, in these litigious times I have a certain obligation to
highlight the occupational hazards associated with reading this site,
and having warned you of certain perils, feel I can now continue safe in
the knowledge that our dear readers are as safe as can be.
the moment we’re born into the arms of this cruel, cruel world, we
face many dangers and obstacles, and human nature is normally to avoid
these dangers. Human instinct guards you against accidents, and acquires
knowledge on what risks are associated with what actions. If you scald
your tongue on sipping a hot drink, you won’t just carry on drinking
– instinct protects you and you learn to wait for a minute or two
until it has cooled down a bit.
human instinct is to protect others. If a friend goes to cross the road
into the path of the number 13 bus, you’ll reach out and stop them. In
fact, humans have gone further to create companies and government
departments to protect our welfare and make sure that as we blissfully
go about our business, we do so in a manner that is unlikely to lead to
injury or death.
and Safety Executive have become scapegoats for the adage that Britain
is a nanny state
Health and Safety Executive is a government department that regulates
the risks associated with work activity in Britain. The HSE have been
made scapegoats for the assertion that the UK is becoming a bureaucratic
nanny state; a ‘nanny state’ being a country with an excessive
interest in the welfare of its citizens, much like a nanny guarding her
why on earth do people take offence and ridicule what could ultimately
save their life?
managing the day-to-day risks we face means that we have to adapt our
lives to criteria set by the Health and Safety Executive. As more risks
are identified, we are told that things we have always done have risks
associated with them and are no longer allowed.
Health and Safety Executive has forged many important changes in the
workplace, though. It means that it is your employer’s duty to
safeguard your welfare and make sure you work in a safe and comfortable