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Kitchen stink drama


I wonder how many people watching Hell's Kitchen (ITV, 19 April) noticed the flagrant and wilful breach of the Health & Safety at Work (HSW) Act when a chef hurled a handful of assorted cutlery across the kitchen at the retreating form of a participant who he had dismissed from the kitchen.

By doing so he endangered the health and safety of several persons not in his employment, in front of millions of eyewitnesses. He was also seen flinging plates into a corner where they smashed; someone had to clear away the shards and pieces.

Injury would have been grounds for a prosecution for assault. There were no apparent casualties. Will there be a prosecution under the HSW Act?

This is not a frivolous observation. In case anyone has not noticed, the draft Construction Regulations are out for public consultation.

Once again, the interpretation of 'adequate', 'reasonable', and 'reasonably practicable' is left to the interpretation of the courts.

Since prosecutions seem only to follow death or injury, there is inevitably a bias in the prosecuting authority's interpretation in order to gain a conviction. Thus the definition of 'reasonable' is different in the absence of injury or death from its meaning in court.

Andy Allan, Allan Consulting Engineers allan@allan. i-way. co. uk

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