I can understand why you elicit pictures from the readership on safety blunders. The humour makes light reading. Sadly these real-life events often go unreported - at great cost to workers and their families.
So, from a serious point of view, can I ask why you don't ask readers to send the builders' particulars with their photographs (that is, names, site addresses, or other identifying details)?
Given such information, you can:
- Name and shame these cowboys (main contractors please take note!)
- Send all of the readers' emails to the Health and Safety Executive (inviting follow-up)
- In extreme cases, forward these "amusing" details to the regional newspaper covering the locality in question.
Additionally, Building could publish the HSE hotline number (0845-345 0055). This should appear as part of the article.
Correct me if I am wrong, but shouldn't we all be doing what we can to improve health and safety in the industry and combat cowboy builders?
On this basis, I therefore award you with a "could do better" rating for your half-hearted effort.
S Crampton, Liverpool