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The non-existent health and safety laws which have been reported

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is fighting back against non-existent health and safety laws after over 150 cases had been reported to a panel set up last year.

Cases include:

  • A Derbyshire restaurant that banned toothpicks.
  • Bars refusing to serve pints in glasses with handles.
  • A hotel that said they couldn't serve rare burgers.
  • Shredded paper being banned from a school fete.
  • A birthday venue which refused to use a bubble machine.

Officials said people were using non-existent laws to ban legitimate activities.

HSE fight back against non-existent safety laws

Some bars have used non-existent health and safety rules to refuse the serving of pints in glasses with handles Credit: Felix Hoerhager/PA

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) said over 150 cases had been reported to a panel it set up in 2012 to fight back against people who use non-existent safety laws to ban legitimate activities.

Examples include bars refusing to serve pints in glasses with a handle and a restaurant in Derbyshire that removed toothpicks.

Officials said people were hiding behind health and safety to cover up bad customer service or because they were afraid of being sued.

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Postmen banned from homes due to safety risk

People are having to travel three miles to collect mail due to uneven pavements Credit: ITV Central

Residents in Stoke-on-Trent are being forced to travel three miles to collect their post because uneven slabs outside their homes are considered a safety risk. The Royal Mail has suspended deliveries to two roads in Penkhull after raising concerns.

And homeowners are being told because they own the paths they must pay for repairs.

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