Myth Busters Challenge Panel findings - 2012
- Case 101 - Lady in electric wheelchair asked to leave post office on health and safety grounds
- Case 100 - Charity shop told that 'under HSE' they should not be selling used underwear
- Case 99 - Local swimming pool bans inflatables, balls, snorkels and masks on the grounds of 'Health and Safety'
- Case 98 - Maintenance firm stated it was mandatory for electric gates to be serviced annually under current health and safety regulations
- Case 97 - Receptionist enquired if change in footwear policy was a result of new health and safety guidelines
- Case 96 - Office employee querying whether desks have to be a particular distance apart for health and safety reasons
- Case 95 - Nightclub refuses to hand out screw caps with bottled water purchased from bar stating health and safety as the reason
- Case 94 - British Legion shop refuses to pass customers a pin to attach their poppy 'because of health and safety'
- Case 93 - Managers instructed all staff to wear hi-vis jackets no matter what work activity they are doing
- Case 92 - Press story said health and safety is a barrier to children playing conkers, using skipping ropes or climbing trees
- Case 91 - Stray cats re-housed from University campus because of health and safety fears
- Case 90 - Local council removed advertising signs from roadside on grounds of health and safety
- Case 89 - Driver refused to allow customer on bus with hot drink because of health and safety
- Case 88 - Bar refused to let customer carry tray of drinks because they had not been 'health and safety trained'
- Case 87 - Magazine cited health and safety regulations as the reason landlord received 32 recommendations to improve property
- Case 86 - Charity shop has said that they cannot sell knitting needles for health and safety reasons
- Case 85 - Charitable trust for sailing barge refused to carry out sailing training for young people on health and safety grounds
- Case 84 - Local resident told that bins had to be sited in pairs on the roadside because of health and safety requirements
- Case 83 - Housing association residents told that bollards in car park are necessary because of health and safety
- Case 82 - Housing association removed wheelchair from sheltered housing complex because of health and safety
- Case 81 - Public hall removed knives from kitchen on the grounds of health and safety
- Case 80 - Shop refused to put coffee in customer's own reusable cup on the grounds of health and safety
- Case 79 - Parent was told where he was standing to watch his child's swimming lesson was not appropriate on the grounds of health and safety
- Case 78 - Airline passenger told boiled sweets were no longer provided on the grounds of health and safety
- Case 77 - Hotel chain does not provide floor towels due to 'Health and Safety'
- Case 76 - Funfair uses Health and Safety legislation to prevent skaters and skateboarders from riding skates and boards
- Case 75 - Food retailer told enquirer leftover food could not be made available to staff or to charities due to health and safety reasons
- Case 74 - School asked pupils not to push fellow pupil's wheelchair as they have had no training
- Case 73 - Charity would not allow volunteers to remove graffiti because of 'health and safety' concerns
- Case 72 - Local council required volunteers to have public liability insurance for health and safety reasons
- Case 71 - Fish & chip shop told customer he could not have 'batter scraps' for health and safety reasons
- Case 70 - School bans yo-yos on health and safety grounds
- Case 69 - Office workers advised that kettles and microwaves were not allowed due to health and safety requirements
- Case 68 - Press story reported that Health Trust decided to withdraw 'metal paper fasteners' after worker injured finger
- Case 67 - Nursery told parents not to bring in cake because of children's allergies 'in line with health and safety regulations'
- Case 66 - Worker concerned that employer is to introduce random drugs/drink testing on health and safety grounds
- Case 65 - Health club only permits over-16s to use jacuzzi, sauna and steam room because of Health and Safety rules
- Case 64 - Electrician told by health and safety consultant they needed a person to foot the stepladder they were using
- Case 63 - Local council are replacing furniture in debating chamber because of health and safety reasons
- Case 62 - Wheelchair users refused entry to nightclub on grounds of health and safety
- Case 61 - Gym manager refused request for playpen in changing room on health and safety grounds
- Case 60 - Waiter refused to provide doggy bag for customer to take leftover food home on health and safety grounds
- Case 59 - Complainant told he was not allowed to eat fruit and vegetables at his desk at work for health and safety reasons
- Case 58 - Pet show organisers asked visitors not to bring their pets with them for health and safety reasons
- Case 57 - Museum cafeteria refused to serve child a soft-boiled egg on the grounds of "Health and Safety".
- Case 56 - Concert-goers banned from taking umbrellas into outdoor concert because of health and safety risks
- Case 55 - Council turned down offer from volunteers to cut back overgrown footpath if tools were provided
- Case 54 - Civil engineering contractor insists that routine lorry loader lifting operations are supervised
- Case 53 - Swimming pool user told he cannot use hand paddle swimming aids due to risk of other swimmers being hurt
- Case 52 - Firm failed contractor's assessment process because health and safety training was run in house
- Case 51 - Insurers required DSEAR risk assessment for aerosol items sold in store
- Case 50 - School sports day cancelled due to health and safety concerns over wet ground conditions
- Case 49 - Primary school's tree house had to be erected outside grounds to address concerns over risks to children
- Case 48 - Changing rooms at law firm could not have both basins and sockets due to Electricity at Work Procedures
- Case 47 - Complainant advised by landlord that windows in property do not meet health and safety regulations
- Case 46 - Nursery school owner banned from taking children to allotment due to health and safety concerns
- Case 45 - Swimming pool displayed notice that stated "in the interests of health & safety, shaving is not permitted in any public areas"
- Case 44 - Pilot told they should wear high-visibility vest when walking to airfield control tower
- Case 43 - Enquirer told by campsite they could not have two people sleeping in a campervan and two in a tent due to health and safety regulations
- Case 42 - Airline passenger told blankets could not be provided on health and safety grounds
- Case 41 - Spectator told he couldn't stand in certain areas of football ground because of HSE policy on grass banks
- Case 40 - Enquirer told they could not wear sunglasses at work for health and safety reasons
- Case 39 - Enquirer informed that he requires public liability insurance for putting veranda on caravan
- Case 38 - Royal Mail suspended deliveries to businesses in Doncaster after postman suffered broken shoulder
- Case 37 - Golfers told buggies were not allowed on course because they were not 'health and safety authorised'
- Case 36 - Cafes and restaurants refused to allow mother to heat baby food "for health and safety reasons"
- Case 35 - Office staff told fastening bunting from light fittings raised health and safety concerns
- Case 34 - Employee queries advice to wear summer footwear with enclosed toe and supported back
- Case 33 - Hospital refuses use of microwave on ward on grounds of 'health and safety'
- Case 32 - Employee questions need to wear safety footwear as they think their work does not always warrant it
- Case 31 - Housing Association removed garden furniture for safety reasons
- Case 30 - Housing association removed fire extinguishers, door mats and wall signs for health and safety reasons
- Case 29 - Housing Association advised tenants that letter boxes need to be sealed for health and safety reasons
- Case 28 - Mother furious after a march in her son's memory was cancelled
- Case 27 - Letter to cyclist threatening to remove his chained up bike on health and safety grounds
- Case 26 - School told that they cannot display children's work on windows using Blu Tack
- Case 25 - Conflicting health and safety advice about a proposal to construct a pond on school property
- Case 24 - Complainant told they could not use gym whilst lifting weights without wearing trainers
- Case 23 - Complainant told airport would not provide temporary footwear because of health and safety
- Case 22 - Royal Mail Depot customers told not to use car park for health and safety reasons
- Case 21 - Local authority will not manually collect rubbish from wheelie bins on grounds of health and safety
- Case 20 - Shop sign says suppliers will not accept the return of dirty walking boots for health and safety reasons
- Case 19 - College refused to lend bikes in case they could be prosecuted in the event of an accident
- Case 18 - Local authority refused to put cones in street to reserve parking space on the grounds of health and safety
- Case 17 - HSE wanted to ban the use of bed rails.
- Case 16 - Building site has told employees that they cannot wear shorts at work
- Case 15 - scout group has stopped using a campsite because of sheep and cow droppings in the field
- Case 14 - Is a risk assessment necessary to serve tea at a school fete?
- Case 13 - Swimming pool lifeguard prevented parent taking their 8-year old child into the deep end of the pool
- Case 12 - Truck driver asked to give keys to another person when unloading or loading for health and safety reasons
- Case 11 - Café owner refused to allow customer's pet dog to enter the café for health and safety reasons
- Case 10 - Boiler service company refused to take on new customer because their boiler was in the loft
- Case 9 - Complainant queried if law had been changed for Portable Appliance Testing in low risk environments
- Case 8 - Caravan Club removed irons and ironing boards from sites on the grounds of health and safety
- Case 7 - Local council refused to allow hanging baskets to be placed on lamppost until assessed by engineers
- Case 6 - historical re-enactment society told there were regulations for chopping vegetables in a public place
- Case 5 - School production cancelled because lighting operator had not attended ladder training course
- Case 4 - Local authority withdraws facility for staff to bring families on school trips
- Case 3 - Local authority decided use of dirt bikes at specialist school presents too high a risk
- Case 2 - Sub-contractor not paid as completed work does not meet health and safety standards
- Case 1 - Member of public requested to remove swing from allotment
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