Can't Save Lives For Safety's Sake
THE head of Scotland's largest fire brigade has said health and safety law is preventing firefighters from saving lives.
Strathclyde fire chief Brian Sweeney said current health and safety rules were having the "cumulative effect of putting firefighters in a position where they are more fearful of the legislation than they are of risking their lives".
Mr Sweeney's warning follows a fatal accident inquiry into the death of a woman whose rescue was delayed for safety reasons.
Alison Hume, a 44-year-old mother of two, died in July 2008 after falling down a 60ft mineshaft. She was trapped for six hours, and died of a heart attack.
Firefighters on the scene were willing to attempt a rescue, but were told they were not allowed to use their equipment to help members of the public.
I gather the equipment referred to was only for use to save firefighters..
HSE actually understands the risks that firefighters have to take and are probably not the problem, it is the moustachioed little man in a squeaky clean Hi-Viz who "interprets" Health and Safety on the spot that is the problem.