The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) would like to point out that we do not get involved in decision making on how local authorities or volunteers go about their business on a daily basis or hinder them from carrying out their duties.
We would not in any way want to stop "someone with waders..." from clearing the rubbish bags in the River Exe flood relief channel or "getting in a little boat...to paddle up and down and get it looking ship shape..." HSE promotes a commonsense approach to risk so simple measures to avoid injuries are taken.
Regional Director, South West
Health and Safety Executive
The Pithay, All Saints Street
Bristol BS1 2ND