Sharps Tony

Daily Post (Liverpool, England), January 30, 2002 | Go to article overview
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Sharps Tony

A STAGGERING 3,800 regulations were introduced last year - that's 10 a day. No wonder business people complain about being wrapped up in red tape.

The need of the nanny state to try to regulate just about everything in our lives has even spread as far as the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents, which has warned that children's favourite Bob The Builder is flouting safety rules.

Bob has been accused of setting a bad example to his young fans and even endangering the lives of his fellow characters.

The TV construction worker has been condemned for violating workplace safety laws after swinging from the side of his bulldozer, named Muck, and walking under heavy equipment dangling from a crane.

He doesn't wear a seat belt when he is driving and always lets his pal Wendy visit his building site without a hard hat. The RoSPA says Muck the Bulldozer picks people up as it is moving which is not good practice in real life.

Concern was expressed by health and safety authorities in Australia where Bob The Builder is a big hit and campaigners Down Under accused Bob's creators of encouraging children to ignore safety rules.

Children trespass on building sites because they see them as huge playgrounds.

Yes, youngsters must be protected, but aren't the RoSPA, Health & Safety Executive and others taking it a bit too far?

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