These happen as regularly as clockwork every year as soon as the weather starts to get warm – no matter how well-publicised last year’s incidents were, or how much advice is dished out in the media by ROSPA, the police, ambulance service or council H&S officers. It’s inevitable; no-one ever thinks it’ll happen to them, or to anyone they know.
‘Not me!’, ‘No, not my friends, they would never be so daft!’, ‘No, it’ll be fine, I know what I’m doing, unlike those others!’
But it’s human nature. We forget. We assume. We excuse. And so every year, in spite of everything, there’s a small steady stream of tragedies.
And it can never be avoided. You cannot eliminate all risk from life, not without eliminating all fun as well.
And speaking of which…
Bosses at all three Butlins resorts – in Bognor Regis, Minehead and Skegness – have decided that the point of dodgems is to dodge one another.
So they have banned visitors from bumping their cars together, requesting that they manoeuvre them carefully and sedately around the course instead.
They insist adults and children can still have ‘great fun’ overtaking other cars – but only while driving in an orderly fashion in the same direction.
I don’t know about you, but that doesn’t say ‘Great day out for the kiddies!’ to me, does it?
Still, not to be outdone, there’s always someone who’ll go one better:
…the scaled-down steamboats of a group of seaside modelling enthusiasts have struck their own iceberg – in the form of health and safety regulations.
They have been told that the tiny boilers which power their model craft at a stately walking pace make them too dangerous as they could explode and injure onlookers.
So, why aren’t they looking to outlaw or regulate paddling pools and BBQs as well, since they have actually killed and injured people?
Well, they’re playing the long game. Give them time…