Expert maintains health and safety do not prevent work

The misinterpretation of health and safety regulations disrupts work, not the regulations themselves, HSE Solutions managing director Kenneth Hill told a Scotsturf seminar last week.

Presenting the seminar An Update on Safety Including Slopes & Bankings - The Law, at last week's IoG Scotsturf, Hill said there was nothing you cannot do because of health and safety rules.

He added: "The biggest problem with health and safety is the interpretation of the regulations. The problem now is that it's the excuse for everything - and everyone wants a reason because they cannot be bothered doing it.

"Health and safety are getting a bad press. There's nothing you cannot do for health and safety reasons, you just have to do it safely."

He said there was no law preventing the mowing of slopes: "The only thing you have to do is risk assess to make sure you have the right kit and people to do the job."

He added: "The equipment and training is essential when working on a slope. If there's a risk of a machine toppling, which could cause injury, then you need to do a risk assessment and make sure that the machinery is safe.

"You cannot necessarily use a generic risk assessment but you can use it as a template. The buzz word now is 'dynamic' risk assessment, so the guys on the ground can make the call. They need to be trusted enough to know that they are making those calls effectively."

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