Health and safety....

Last week, I wrote using the words common sense, good practice and health and safety in the same sentence. This week, same words.

Last week, I wrote using the words common sense, good practice and health and safety in the same sentence. This week, same words.

Last Friday, at the opening of the art exhibition, a group of a hundred or so sweltered in the Public Hall at Budleigh Salterton.

Apparently, a fall on the side stairs has necessitated closure of those doors.

I wonder, considering the many hundreds, even thousands, of times those steps, with handrails, have been used safely, if the person who made that decision had asked the following questions regarding the unfortunate fall.

Any medical conditions increasing the chances of a fall? Medication? Eyesight? Shoes? Were the handrails used? Carrying anything? Hurrying? Drinking? Age? (Sadly, this is a statistical factor in falls).

What happens if someone trips over a kerb? Or down our Steamer Steps? Is it fault or accident?

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And while I'm at it. Could the Highways Department please explain why the two small tables outside Slice of Lyme restaurant constitute a reasonable hazard. Seems a shame.

S Chapman,

12 Stoneyford Park,

Budleigh Salterton.