The problem is that despite its undoubted benefits ‘health and safety’ has become a cloak for the workshy and risk averse. There’s not much that cannot be done simply because H&S ‘forbids’ it, but it’s a handy excuse to trot out if you can’t be arrsed to work out how to do something safely or simply don’t want to bother.This reminds me of a skit on Alas Smith and Jones in the 1980s. Mel Smith was a Conservative candidate relating to a conversation he had with an old dear in the constituency.
She asked "why, oh why can't things be like they used to be?"
So I took away her pension and sent her grandson up a chimney!
We might chide H&S and the risk averse culture, but ultimately it has saved a lot of lives. Do we get to play with asbestos now? Does moving machinery have to have tamper-proof guards? Are we better informed about potentially harmful chemicals in everyday use?