When our daughter was young I would very, very occasionally say it’s a matter of safety.
She knew that meant I wouldn’t be budged and because I used it so rarely, she accepted it.
Unfortunately safety, or more often health and safety has now become an excuse for stupidity like this:
Emily Broadmore wanted her two young twins Hugo and Connie left buckled in their pram on the train from Wellington to Masteron, but was told she couldn’t because of health and safety reasons.
“When I inquired where I could put the pram… I was yelled at and told that you shouldn’t even be travelling with two babies,” she said. . .
She had been told she could put her pram in the designated wheelchair space if it was available, but train staff refused citing health and safety.
Hugo and Connie were seated and the pram was stored away.
“I turned momentarily to Connie and he just dived about a metre and a half.”
Transdev Wellington, the company who run the service apologised to Ms Broadmore, but the Multiple Birth Association say it should not have come to this. . .
Of course it shouldn’t have come to this and, because of this incident, the company has clarified with staff what they expect so it shouldn’t come to that again.
But it will, not necessarily with this company, on a train, nor with a parent of twins.
But somewhere there’s someone with more authority than common sense, compassion or care who will trot out health and safety, whether or not his or her directive, as it did in this case, actually endangers health and safety rather than promoting it.