Having worked in health and safety I can pretty much say that it is indeed the ambulance chasers that lead to the creation of what can be seen as restrictive and ridiculous rules and guidelines.
Many a risk assesment has been written that makes the given task almost impossible and causes the industry to be ridiculed.
Very few of the "rules" that the daily mail are so fond of publishing have actually been made up by the HSE and are often the result of mis-interpretation by management within the company or organisation in question.
For example there never has or ever will be a HSE restriction on school conker competitions, Morris dancing is not illegal (although some might say it should be!
), ice cream toppings have not been banned because of slips and trips, pancake races are legal and it is perfectly ok to put a plaster on a child's cut or graze, yes , some children are allergic to substances within the plaster and it is the responsibilty of the parent to inform the school or carer of this and for one or the other to make some suitable plasters available.
Health and Safety rules and guidelines are often used as an excuse for managements lack of understanding of the task in question as they of course don't have to do it.
The damn ambulance chasers have caused many ,many problems. I don't doubt that some of the claims are genuine but to be honest most complex industrial accidents end up being dealt with by "real" lawyers and not warehouse solicitors trying to get their feet on the ladder after graduation.
My risk assesments were drawn from my experience and talking to those that had direct contact with the task.
We tore down 10 747's, two buildings, dozens of other aircraft all involving heavy machinery, heights, crush,fall,slip , trip etc. and aside from me standing on a nail which was my own fault:mrgreen: there were no accidents.
We all have a duty to keep ourselves safe and others around us or affected by our actions and in the case of the idiot who got himself wet, he failed to cross the road and "ignored" the warning signs put out by the car owner. The owner by the sounds of it showed due care. However, if he hadn't then the scum would never have walked on his side of the road as he was after all just washing his car, how ridiculous is that?
Unfortunately, these ambulance chasers bend the rules in the opposite way to the restrictive manner in which some management do and try to find a rule that has been broken however weak that link might be. The rubbish they can come out with is beyond belief.