Heard of health and safety

PUBLISHED: 10:09 26 January 2009 | UPDATED: 08:51 02 June 2010

WE all read with horror of the £218,000 Fenland District Council squandered on advertising and self promotion last year. Having just read the most recent Fenland Eye, I wonder if amongst their galaxy of promotional whiz-kids, FDC have a humble Health & S

WE all read with horror of the £218,000 Fenland District Council squandered on advertising and self promotion last year.

Having just read the most recent Fenland Eye, I wonder if amongst their galaxy of promotional whiz-kids, FDC have a humble Health & Safety Officer.

And if they do, why have they apparently not consulted with that individual.

The picture in Fenland Eye "putting the finishing touches to the Wisbech slipway" almost defies belief: - inappropriate ladder, ladder-unsecured, working with a hazardous electrical tool above head height, inadequate personal protection equipment, I could go on and on.

It is hard to understand quite how applying what looks like a heat gun (240 volt?) is a "finishing touch", so we must assume that it is a contrived photo.

This is not an isolated incident of FDC being 'cavalier' about health and safety.

A couple of months ago Brakespeare commented on FDC's promotional video which included dangerous handling of abandoned propane cylinders.

Fenland Hall regularly issues nanny edicts on some of the most mundane and irrelevant issues, for example you must now have "the right kind of bucket" when making a charity street collection.

Yet FDC appear to regularly ignore the basic Health & Safety of their employees in their frenzy of self promotion.

CHRIS HOWES

Chatteris


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