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Health and safety
The idea of having rules for your health and safety is an excellent idea,BUT, these are the same people who took me to court!! for a gas leak on an installation that wsa carried out by another engineer. I will start at the beginning.
I worked for a company that installed a lot of appliances for the "then" gas board (now they are a private limited company, which many people do not realise) and I would leave in our van with another engineer (it needed 2 engineers as the appliance might have to be lifted!!!) so between us we agreed that every other job one would instal the other would remove packaging and "sort the van" as we carried about 12 jobs on board.
After one particular job (3 months in fact) I was sent a letter to attend health and safety, with the threat that if I did not attend I could be arrested, so I duly attended.
I was questioned fior around 5 hours about this particular job (a rough guess 700 jobs previously) which in all honesty I could not remember! however getting fed up with stupid questions I Said "see you in court", eventually we arrived in crown court the housewife was the first witness who stated that two men arrived one was shortish with black curly hair the other one (me) with fair hair and glasses (now at this stage I should point out the other engineer emigrated to New Zealand). When asked who installed the cooker the housewife (who by the way was the first witness)replied the short chap with the black hair as the other one (me) said he would sort out the van!
Now you would have thought it would have ended there, alas, no, the trial took a further 4 days, there were 3 QCs costing about £2500 per day the judge's wages the Jury and use of the court rooms, (I estimated the cost at around £1000,000 all from the public purse, me well I couldn't claim my lost wages as I could not afford to Sue, and yes they found me not guilty, the judge remarked on my patience an demanded the prosecution to attend his chambers after court.
Far be it for me to criticise but these are the same self serving civil servants that now administer the GAS SAFE rules.
Try that on for size.
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