2012 was another vintage year for safety blunder pictures. Here are our top five examples of on-site idiocy


Team work

You need to know you can rely on someone if you’re about to attempt this manoeuvre. Sent by Mark Bodger in January.

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Double fault

A mini-digger is used to hammer in a hand-held post – as observed by Chris Abell in Wimbledon, published in April.

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Searching for the light

A slightly flawed set-up of emergency lighting taken by Chris Mann, also published in April.

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Bit of a stretch

Tim Walsingham spotted this ingenious cherry picker/ladder interface in Norfolk, back in June.

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Going up …

A novel way of removing demolition material from a flat in Amsterdam, sent by Simon Patrick in July.

Email your “favourite” health and safety pictures to building@ubm.com. The sender of every pciture published in the magazine receives a £25 John Lewis voucher.