[Pounds Sterling]1,300; ... Just to Change a Few Church Light Bulbs. Thanks, Naturally, to the EU Working at Height Directive
Byline: CHRIS BROOKE
CHANGING light bulbs at St Benet's Roman Catholic Church used to involve the local electrician and some long ladders.
He'd be gone after a couple of hours, leaving the nave brightly lit and a bill for around [pounds sterling]200.
But that was before the European Union got round to legislation covering light bulbs, the changing of. Thanks to Schedule Six of the Working At Height Directive, renewing just five bulbs at St Benet's in Beccles, Norfolk, has cost the church an amazing [pounds sterling]1,300.
Under the new regulations, a risk assessment had to be undertaken which ruled out using a ladder.
Instead, scaffolding with a platform on top had to be erected to reach the bulbs which are 40ft above ground.
The job now takes at least two men two days, at a cost of [pounds sterling]260 per bulb.
The priest, Father Anthony Sutch, is bewildered. 'I understand we have to protect people - but to what point?' he said.
'People are dying from MRSA in hospitals - where is their health and safety?
It's getting very silly.' Father Sutch had to find new electricians when the bulbs in his 100-year-old church needed changing recently because the old company had gone out of …
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Publication information: Article title: [Pounds Sterling]1,300; ... Just to Change a Few Church Light Bulbs. Thanks, Naturally, to the EU Working at Height Directive. Contributors: Not available. Newspaper title: Daily Mail (London). Publication date: October 19, 2005. Page number: 25. © 2007 Daily Mail. COPYRIGHT 2005 Gale Group.
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