Preventing workplace deaths – its ‘elf and safety gone mad!
Here’s the TUC’s response to David Cameron’s pledge to cut Britain’s ‘health and safety ‘neurosis’.
The dictionary definition of ‘neurosis’ is a mental disorder, ‘characterised by symptoms such as hysteria, anxiety, depression, or obsessive behaviour’. This seems a strange way to reference 246,000 workplace injuries a year. Perhaps these aren’t ‘real’ injuries at all – maybe those affected are just the victims of overactive imaginations rather than actual injuries?
On the other hand, maybe somone at Central Office has given a little bit too much credibility to newspaper headlines and not enough attention to the facts – facts like 10,000-20,000 people die each year because of occupational cancers. I suspect even the Daily Mail would struggle to make a HSE-mocking headline out of that one.