Yes, its that time of the month where the most audacious and batty stories are plucked out from the newspapers and shared.

Lunch time
A little five year old at Dunston primary school is having grave problems during his lunch hour. He has a hypersensitivity eating disorder, whereby, he cannot eat anything with lumps in it. He can only eat mashed potato, yoghurt and custard at meal times. The primary school are unable to prepare his food the way he needs and he is not allowed to bring it in a thermal flask due to health and safety reasons. Every lunch hour is mum has to take time out of her busy day to bring his food into the school for him to eat at lunchtimes. His mum says that a simple thing like allowing him to bring in his thermal flask with food would make things a lot easier. The school authorities are saying they will try to resolve the problem at the beginning of the new term.

The rail worker
A pensioner in a wheelchair somehow managed to fall onto the tracks at Southend central station. The elderly lady, in her 70s was stranded on the tracks. One of the station staff (using his initiative and quick action), decided to help her off the tracks. The station staff member, along with three people decided to haul the wheel chair bound lady off the tracks. And then the member of staff was fired.  A hearing then took place and the employee re-instated. He had been suspended because his duty was to stop the trains rather than going to the aid of passengers. The railway company spokesman explained this was to protect the safety of all involved, including those on the track aiding the passenger. Good point.

The drive through
A Lady in her 70s was told she couldn’t drive her mobility scooter through McDonalds’ in Bedhampton for health and safety reasons. HSE applauded the lady who challenged the ban and have said they get hundreds of similar cases of misuse of ‘health and safety’ every year. Some of these cases are just excuses and mask the real reasons for this action. One reason might be fear of getting sued or fear of the unknown…

Highland row
The Battle of Bannockburn commemoration events, which will take place next year, marks the 700th anniversary of Robert the Bruce’s victory over the English in 1314. The festival is expected to attract thousands of people and to go on for 3 days. An essential component of the highland dress worn is the weaponary. The weapons are called sgian dubhs and have sharp blades. Those involved have been told that sharp objects will not be permitted into the arena, on health and safety grounds. There are many imitation versions of these weapons used at these events. However, it has been reported that it is looked on as an aburb thing to prohibit wearing what is recognised an essential component of Highland dress. What would Robert the Bruce say?

The laughing baby
In a cafe in Chippen-ham, Wilts, a mother was approached by an off-duty health and safety officer and told to silence her baby. The baby was 11 months old from laughing too loudly. After complaints, his mum was told that he was making a racket of “very high on the decibels limit” and so annoying everybody. The kid was not crying but laughing with excitement and happiness. The mum has said she will not be returning to the cafe again and said that the baby has as much right to be happy as anybody else.

Knitting madness
The women’s institute members were told they couldn’t give away a knitted village craft to sick kids because of health and safety reasons. The impressive artwork which includes  houses, trees and animals was painstakingly made with the intension of giving it to a children’s hospital. The 6ft by 4ft textile settlement  took many months to make. Around 30 members of Sidford chipped in. The reason why it cannot be accepted as a gift is because the soft materials of the construction cannot be sterilised. The group are at a loss as to what to do with it.



Sources   derbyshire times    itv   portsmouth   stirling observer   dailystar   sidmouth herald

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