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“High up” signs to be put on mountains

Monday, March 22nd, 2004

‘High up’ signs on mountains row (BBC News Online, 22 March 2004)
A Euro MP claims new EU laws to prevent falls at work will mean UK mountain pursuit centres having to warn people that they are “high up”… Welsh Tory MEP Jonathan Evans said…”This is madness – most people know that when they climb a mountain they will be up high!”

Twit peaks – Signs warn climbers: Careful, you’ll fall off (Daily Star, 24 March 2004, page 12)
Warning signs are to be put on mountains to let climbers know they are high up. A bizarre new law from Eurocrats is intended to prevent people falling on building sites. But the result is that mountaineers may also have to be warned they are at risk of tumbling off.

The EU “Working at Height” directive, aimed at protecting people such as builders, comes into force in July of this year. It was a agreed to by the European Parliament and member state governments in 2001, and aims to reduce the number of workplace fatalities due to falls (68 workers in the UK died in such incidents in 2002). The rules do not require “high up” signs on mountains or “Snow is slippery” signs, or for climbers to use scaffolding.

Running battle over fire exit rules

Sunday, December 20th, 1998

Under EC directive 92/58 it will be a criminal offence to display any sign reading ‘Fire Exit’, unless the design also carries a ‘Europictogram’ of a running man.
Sunday Telegraph, Sunday, 20 December 1998, p16)

The differences between the safety and health signs currently used in the workplace can lead to uncertainty and confusion. This may become more widespread as more people choose to work in other European countries. The use of standardised signs in the workplace will in general help reduce the hazards which may arise through linguistic and cultural differences. Firms were given 18 months to introduce the changes.

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