“We have them here in droves at Oxford City Council and Oxfordshire County Council. The councillor who chopped down the willow trees of Osney with no warning or consultation (or, as it turned out, any evidence of actual danger from most of them) is a good example. The officer who plastered the banks of the Thames with big red notices after someone drowned is another. Oxfordshire Highways is entirely staffed by people like this.
When they plead health and safety, what they usually mean is that they are scared of being blamed, too thick to analyse likely patterns of cause and effect, too dim to distinguish between hazard and risk, too idle to take anything but the safe course which allows them to to ignore all arguments. “Elf ‘n safety” they say. “Get a life”, said Bill Callaghan once.”
This is an extract from a post on our sister site Oxford Agenda. Called HSE buries its towels slip it reports on the oft-reiterated claims by Sir Bill Callaghan, the Chairman of the Health and Safety Commission, that the “negative stories about…over-bureaucracy” derive largely from over-empowered and under-brained little prats in local authorities, not from the Health and Safety Executive.
He may be right about the relative stupidity, although the post shows that the HSE has its own share of wasteful intervention in non-issues. Oxford provides some examples of what he is talking about.