Santa hit by elf and safety killjoys

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  1. There really is something badly wrong with this damn country

    Tradition has it that Father Christmas travels by sleigh, but it seems even he is not exempt from the diktats of the health and safety police

    They have told one Santa that he must be strapped into a full body harness in case he falls out of his sleigh as it is towed by a Land Rover at the gentle speed of five miles an hour.

    Meanwhile, another has been forced to abandon his sleigh altogether, and travel on a rather less magical bus.

    Members of the Halesowen and Rowley Regis Rotary Club were told that they would have to raise a four-figure sum to cover the insurance costs of a visit by Father Christmas, until he agreed to belt up.

    Barry Wheeler, the president of the West Midlands club, said: "Every year we have made sure Santa gets to go through the town and wave to the children. It just seemed ridiculous, especially because he doesn't actually ride on the sleigh that often.

    "He would be more likely to injure himself getting in and out of the sleigh than actually falling out of it."

    One of the members of the club, which has been organising visits by Father Christmas for the past 20 years, has now taken the sleigh to be fitted with the harness. This means the club saved £200 on its insurance policy and could still go ahead with the event.

    However, members said the tough rules took "the magic out of Christmas".

    "We're going to try to make the belt as discreet as possible," said Mr Wheeler. "The sleigh ride through the towns starts in December and starts Christmas off for so many people. It would have been such a shame to see it cancelled."

    Kelly Ostler, from the Association of British Insurers which represents about 400 UK insurance companies, said: "This is as much about protecting Santa from other drivers as protecting him from the speed of his own sleigh."

    But Father Christmas has not been so lucky in the Northumbrian town of Alnwick. There, a 30-year tradition of visits to the town by Santa and his sleigh have been brought to an abrupt halt by a similar insurance wrangle.

    As usual, the organisers - Alnwick Lions Club - planned to mount the sleigh on a district council trailer. But this year the council has ruled that using the trailer would be too dangerous because Santa is not a council employee, so he would not be covered by its insurance.

    Instead, he has had to cancel the tour and will have to ride into town by bus to switch on the Christmas lights. Graham Luke, of the Alnwick Lions, told the Northumberland Gazette newspaper: "It is health and safety. We have become Americanised - that's the best way of putting it.

    "It is very frustrating because it is a tradition that has been going on for so long."

    An Alnwick district council spokesman said: "We always try to help with community projects, but regrettably, this is out of our hands."
  2. Yes there is, it's legal system that allows people to sue organisations and employers for minor cuts, bruises and bruised egos.

    As it costs about 15 grand to instruct a barrister, these cases often settle before hand, with these chavs and muppets walking away with thousands for holidays in the Costas.

    Hence massive fear is created, and people, often with good intentions misinterpret H&S regs and go over the top.

    H&S regs are there to stop people being killed and injured at work, not for nimbies to use for their own ends, and feeling of importance.

    Unions and working men and women have died and fought to get better H&S regs over the years. And we soon point the finger at the employer when there is a death, and no mistake.

    No, it's this fackin American sue yo ass culture that's wrong, and the sooner the Gov gets a grip on this and introduces a table of maims the better. That way you might actually have to have a loss before you run off to the lawyers shouting "somebody MUST pay"!

    Rant out.
  3. So what happens if Santa gets stuck in the chimney ?
  4. Suprised??? Not anymore!
  5. you'll get sued for mental cruelty and discriminating against him by having a 'skinny' chimney!!
  6. YesItsMe

    YesItsMe LE Good Egg (charities)

    nope - simply 'shower' him with soft soap :p
  7. scaryspice

    scaryspice LE Moderator

    Nothing to do with health and safety. Insurance and people suing at the drop of a hat is to blame. Everyone wants their rights, no-one wants to take any responsibility.

    However it's much easier to bash health and safety again than read the story properly isn't it?

    Quick, there goes a bandwagon.....
  8. Spot on.
  9. The rise in "no win, no fee" claims has a lot to do with it. Everyone will have seen the TV ads they use to promote themselves.

    There was one a while back with a girl who was "walking through the town centre, when she tripped on a curb and badly injured her leg". It then goes on to say that she was awarded £25,000.

    So that's £25,000 of OUR taxpayers money... For being a dozy cow and not looking where she was going.