Wednesday, 17 June 2009

Health and Safety Craziness

I believe health and safety to be an extremely important thing. The amount of lives lost in accidents is still far too high but, thanks to health and safety legislation and awareness, is a lot lower than it could be. We've come a long way from sending 9 year olds down the mines.

But sometimes I am disgusted by the stupidity of some people in this country. Case in point, the following article about a Diet Coke advert.

A TV advert which showed pop singer Duffy cycling through a supermarket has been cleared by an advertising watchdog after health and safety complaints.

Eighteen viewers complained the singer, from Nefyn, Gwynedd, was not wearing reflective clothing and her bicycle had no lights in the Diet Coke commercial.

The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) also said four viewers worried children could copy her behaviour.

What are these people doing watching television in the first place? 1) many adverts and television programmes include fantasy elements, which strangely aren't covered by the same health and safety concerns as REAL LIFE. 2) why are the 4 people watching television? If they fear their children might copy this then surely their children might copy allsorts of violent, disgusting and surreal things too. Why write in about this one advert when they should just be calling for a ban to all television, books, radio and stories of any kind lest their children run off into a forest leaving only a trail of breadcrumbs behind them? Sweet Jesus it is stupid.

And there are so many examples of people who instead of taking health and safety seriously and instead act like mindless jobsworths. There's an 83 year old lady told she is too old to load a dish washer, for example.

Don't these cretins understand that whilst they are dotting the i's and crossing the t's they are also leading to a backlash against health and safety, which threatens the very way of life we are now accustomed to. Grrr....

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