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HSE responds to This is Lincolnshire article "Health and safety fears lead to 'laughable' mock-up of Jolly Fisherman statue in Skegness"

Article:
"Health and safety fears lead to 'laughable' mock-up of Jolly Fisherman statue in Skegness" - This is Lincolnshire, 8 August 2012
Response date:
9 August 2012

Dear Editor,

Your story about plans to change the iconic design of the Jolly Fisherman statue has certainly captured public attention. Given the interest, I wanted to reasure your readers that there is no health and safety legislation covering whether statues should have their arms outstretched, or not. We expect people to have a bit of common sense when it comes to identifying and managing risk - not to eliminate every minor hazard from everyday life.

Yours faithfully,

Rosi Edwards
Regional Director
HSE

Updated 2012-09-08