Why we should be glad that health and safety went mad

If you ever think that our health and safety culture has become rather excessive, it is worth looking at this photo:

it is one of a series of photos of construction in Birmingham, forming part of an exhibition and showcased on the BBC website. This one is taken from the 1950s. it is a great pictue, and you can see the romance and excitement for workers, many of them Irish immigrants, earning decent wages in their worn out suits and feeling like real men as they balanced on bits of steel.

Unfortunately, far too many of these 'real men' suffered injuries and even death. Construction today may be tamer - not to mention far less misogynistic - but it is also a safer and better place to work, and more effective as a result. 

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