Days Gone By: On the site before health and safety
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David Kindred takes a look at past building sites around Ipswich before the introduction of health and safety including St Margaret’s church and Fore Street.
Health and safety rules cover most aspects of life now.
Pass any roadworks and you will see all staff with high-visibility clothing working behind barriers.
Lights control traffic and pedestrians are kept well clear of the site.
Access to building sites is strictly controlled with projects fenced off and access through turnstile gates.
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Staff in any office environment have to pay attention to rules around trip hazards, cables and electrical equipment.
Prior to the Health and Safety at Work Act of 1974, attitudes were, to say the least, more relaxed.
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While sometimes we are quick to complain when the rules seem to be a bit “over the top”, the number of accidents prevented and lives saved make it all worthwhile.
In today’s Days Gone By, I feature photographs from my archive taken in past decades – which will I am sure, surprise any safety inspector.
Do you have memories you would like to share with readers?
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