“Not only is the plank precariously balanced but there is also a significant fall as the windmill is perched above a rocky outcrop,” notes Clive Woodford, who took this photo while on holiday in Crete.
An ingenious solution to finding a parking space in an inner city shopping precinct
Why bother with a safety harness when you’re only seven floors up?
Novel way of removing demolition materials?
When you need that little bit of extra lift
Sandeep Aujla sent this picture of a no-nonsense approach to gaining access to the outside of a residential property in Southall. Scaffolding? Who needs it?
Teetering on some dodgy scaffolding in Tower Hamlets
A slightly flawed set-up of emergency lighting …
What happens when you can’t find a hammer? You use a digger instead if you’re on this site
The star of this safety blunder is quick off the mark when he spots an opportunity
Getting a ladder out may be hassle, but this alternative is not to be recommended …
It’s not hard to spot the danger in this safety blunder photo taken in Panama
According to these two, placing a ladder on a table is fine - just make sure it’s covered with a tablecloth
You need to know you can rely on someone if you’re about to attempt this …
Using a ladder should be fairly straightforward, but here’s how to really complicate things …
Thanks to Martin Szajnar for sending in this snap - although he might want to give it to the local neighbourhood watch. As he points out: “Any more pressure and he’ll be done for breaking and entering.”
Health and safety trainer suspended from duty after falling from a ladder during a demonstration
Spot of extreme window cleaning, anyone?
We wouldn’t want to be in this worker’s shoes …
If in doubt, strap it to the roof of the car and hope for the best …
If this worker was pushing the car, perhaps this much effort would be justified. But a lamp? He’s not going to win the World’s Strongest Man competition like this. Thanks to David King for the photo
How many workers does it take to put up a sign?
Thanks to these workers, guests at the Hotel Tauernhof can enjoy a picturesque Alpine scene enhanced by the drama of a man teetering on the edge of a roof. Colin Burdon captured the scene
The puzzling situation seen here looks precarious to say the least …
Thanks to Colin Govier for this photo in Sibiu, Romania - it looks like he was taking quite a risk just standing underneath these workmen.
This worker seems to be practising for the 2012 Games, in a perilious way …
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Alison Seabeck was less than impressed by this interesting scene in Istanbul
Michael O’Regan took this action shot in Belgravia, London
Warning: Workers gambling on health and safety are likely to lose their stake
A little slime and seagull droppings won’t deter these foolhardy painters
Full marks for creating a perfect water slide with a glass conservatory for a crash pad
Now surely using a forklift truck in this way is against the rules…
This worker shows an unhealthy attachment to his van…
Thanks to Martin Corbishley for spotting this demonstration of the lengths some people will go to for a decent Quattro Stagione
Thanks to Brian Butler of Prater for snapping this itchy daredevil
Thanks to John Potter for this photo taken in Cheltenham. “At least the spiked railings will stop them hitting the ground!” he comments pointedly
Paul Southon sent in these astonishing pictures taken from a flat in the centre of London
Health and safety manager Brian Butler sent us this picture of a man taking a bath in a bucket
Our thanks, and the usual £25 voucher, go to Mukesh Modhvadia, a commercial manager at the King’s Cross Redevelopment Programme, for these aerobic pictures of a window cleaner living dangerously.
Glen Bright from Kier Build spotted this while on holiday in Italy
Thanks to reader Martin Thorp who sent in this image, which he took in Brussels. Martin says: “The operative was half out of the basket while his mate leans against the controls - no helmets or harnesses!”
2012 was another vintage year for safety blunder pictures. Here are our top five examples of on-site idiocy
Precarious work in Skiathos …
Going to dizzying heights to work on a pylon
A dubious welding technique caught on camera
Precarious maintenance work caught on camera
Plastering doesn’t get much more precarious than this
Some people will go to great lengths for satellite TV
When working alone is not to be recommended …
A creative use of a tree shows how scaffolding shouldn’t be done
This photo looks impressive, but there’s also a worrying lack of hard hats …
A worker trys out an unconventional method of descending into a large hole
The positioning of this toilet is just bonkers
The circus is the only place for a balancing act like this
A worker comes perilously close to the edge of disaster
These two are on a slippery slope to disaster
This has got disaster written all over it
It’s handy when someone has a camera and there’s a sight like this outside …
If you don’t like heights, look away now …
Colin Burden kept his distance when he saw this house teetering on the edge of a large muddy hole
Why bother bringing a scissor lift, if you’re not going to use it?
When soldering gets too close for comfort …
This scene looks like something out of a horror film waiting to happen …
When working 20ft above the ground, it’s best to find something sturdy to stand on …
Dean Walton spotted a disaster waiting to happen from his hotel room in Bangladesh
What are the odds of an accident happening here?
Peter Vaughan took this photo in Tripoli
You’d need nerves of steel to watch this Egyptian scaffolder in action for long
Throughout 2010 readers shared their favourite health and safety horrors from around the world
It seems Mark Hammond, 12 November’s blunder spotter, was not alone.
Mark Hammond says: “These men in Dubrovnik were making quite a good job of pointing the ridge tiles, but it makes you shudder to think how they got up there, or down again!”
Nick Rhodes, of Oxfordshire housing association Sovereign Vale, sent in this photograph taken by one of his tenants. “This is a novel way to cut the top of a hedge,” he says.
This window cleaner was risking life and limb opposite the Rough Trade record store in Notting Hill, appropriately enough
Thanks to Gavin Williams of Wates for spotting this evidence of the seesaw theory of mathematics
Our thanks to Nigel Barrett for this picture of daily life on a south London trading estate.
Martin Ward, the construction director of Persimmon Homes, came across this set-up in Mauritius. He says: “There are vertical reinforcing bars below him and the cross supports are nailed to the block wall.”
Thanks to Rob Kirkaldy of Spectrum Acoustic Consultants for this site scene in Sorrento, southern Italy. Insurers of a nervous disposition may want to look away
Rebecca Shorter is a member of the construction team at solicitor Cripps Harries Hall, who are “all big fans” of Building’s health and safety blunders.
We’ve wandered off site for this week’s picture, which is of civil engineering interacting with a diverted bus on the Portobello Road in west London. Our thanks to Nabil Hanafi for snapping it