Case 28 - Mother furious after a march in her son's memory was cancelled


A mother campaigning for safer working conditions after her son died in a chimney explosion is furious after a march in his memory was cancelled – because of health and safety regulations. A Police spokeswoman said that they found out about the march the day before and, owing to the short notice, could not support it. She said: "When planning an event people should contact the relevant council's safety advisory group in the first instance, details of which can be found on their websites. "Where a road closure is involved, six month's notice is required, along with a risk assessment and public liability insurance."

Panel decision

This was not really a health and safety issue but a misunderstanding about the need to contact the Local Authority Safety Advisory Group (LA SAG) and the time that should be allowed to get their advice.