Health and safety eh? Designed to protect us and our staff at work, but just sometimes can be a real pain edging on the side of ridiculous.
Let me introduce Sheila Allen to you. A 58 year old lollipop lady from South Wales. She’s one of the cool lollipop ladies on the street.
Why? Because she brightens up the pupils day by high fiving them all as they cross the road. A harmless and nice thing to do in the morning, don’t you think?
Uh, apparently not, not according to the Health and safety nerds. Sheila has been told to stop this absurd and really terrifyingly dangerous act straight away before a whole school of children are killed in a multi-hand high-five pile up. Sheila was told that she must keep her eyes on the road and not be distracted by the children as they cross, following complaints from drivers.
She’s been told that she is permitted to smile and give them a thumbs up, but no high fives are allowed outside St Illtyd Primary School in Llantwit Major, South Wales. There must be concerns though that the thumbs up may cause deaths by poking herself in the eye with her thumb causing an explosion on the zebra crossing. Experts are assessing this as we speak. 😆
Children crossing the road this morning were offering their hand to Sheila but she avoided breaking the rules by keeping one hand on her stick and the other behind her back.
Emma Reed, the council’s head of visible services and transport, backed the ‘high-five’ ban.
She said (please use your nerdiest Mr Bean voice when reading this in your head): ‘These guidelines make clear that patrol officers should “avoid any distractions or activities that could divert your attention from your important task of seeing pedestrians safely across the road’ and should not remain in the road longer than is necessary as this causes undue delays to traffic”.
Has a crazy Health &Safety rule stopped you or your business from doing something you wanted to? Either to make things better for a customer or just more fun? If so we would love to hear what it was, and the outcome.
Safety eh? Designed to protect us and our staff at work, but just sometimes can be a real pain edging on the side of ridiculous!