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quote:Originally posted by fishytailsI just heard a particularly grizzly story - a friend of a friends colleagues relative or something died when locked in a walk-in autoclave, somewhere in the USA. My friend decided to phone me up late last night asking urgently if we had walk-in autoclaves. fortunately no. I hadn't even heard of them until then, but looking on the net shows that indeed they do exist! and there are are safety warnings along this kind of line. i.e. don't get locked in. But then of course i was having nightmares about the horrible death that being locked in an autoclave would provide. took a while to get to sleep!anyone else heard anything about this? is it true? certainly plausible I guess.
quote:Originally posted by fishytails- and I just watched the first half hour of the Jerry Springer Opera too!!!!
I think you guys need OSHA in the UK. I'll send over the nice government employee who comes to my place of employment.
On average, here in the UK the number of visits by H+S inspectors for new companies is zero.
This didn't stop our Prime Minister talking about the "health and safety monster" crippling British industry. This suggests that he's an idiot.
Not just one prat but apparently an entire inspectorate, plus an overenthusiastic legal department with dubious standards of evidence, and no effective managerial oversight. Not just one magistrate but a growing body of dangerous precedent. Not only my clients but a personal attack in which several of Her Majesty's inspectors conspired to present false and libellous charges to a professional disciplinary body (which found in my favour). And no hint of disciplinary action against them.Not just one incident, but several years of contemptible bullying and intimidation (not of me - I'm an old pachyderm) aimed at and witnessed by many disgusted professionals. And some completely unscientific garbage published as potentially enforceable guidance on HSE's official website.I will disagree in principle with any invoice for an inept "service" that is nothing more than a petulant rant by an ignoramus. Whether I or an HSE inspector think I am in breach of the law is irrelevant in a just society: the decision must be made by an independent judiciary. HSE has now arrogated the position of adjudicating on its own opinions and invoicing the accused for the privilege of being accused. As a result, my clients' insurers are advising them to plead guilty to any charges, even in the absence of statute or evidence, to save time and money.I hope that you can avoid personal contamination by the spreading stench of a rogue inspectorate that is bringing the entire Executive into disrepute.Meanwhile, let's talk about autoclaves.
Why is my mind boggling at the stupidity of this arrangement?