Tuesday, 19 June 2007
Their HEALTH AND Their SAFETY
What sort of a society have we become were our children are not allowed to be children? caring and protection has become suffocation by cotton wool. Schools enforce rules about what games can be played in the playground. No conkers if you're not wearing goggles. Health and Safety guidelines came into place to stop unscrupulous employers putting their workers in danger, now they are used to protect employers, organisations and businesses from being taken to court; the concern is not for the safety of anyone but for the health of the bank balances. 'Had an accident at work or play? ring.....no win no fee....' The growth of these Lionel Hutz type solicitors is in part due to cheap US legal dramas and copy cat Brit ones along with the increase in 'rights' for consumers. Anyway I always thought that with rights come responsibilities. Therefore surely if it is a persons right to seek compensation it is also their responsibility to take precautions against an accident 'at play' happening and not to try and pass the responsibility to a third party rather than accepting that sometimes shit happens. I'm not advocating that there should be no standards of Health and Safety, organisations such as local councils should be responsible for their standards, but if it is a persons right to sue for injuring themselves because they tripped over a paving slab then it is also their responsibility to look were they're fucking going. If your child slips up because of bubbles blown by a clown at a kids party, so what it was an accident. In this so called risk society the compensation culture has become a way to make money out of misfortune. We have become a society were the freedom to play is dictated by 'guidelines' from bureaucrats who think they can run our lives for us because some people can't take any responsibility for their own actions or inaction's.