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April 14, 2017

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Bizarre health and safety signs – winners announced


It’s an Easter treat for SHP readers today – with a look at the crazy side of safety.

From humorous ‘wet floor’ signs on the beach to absurd toilet symbols, entries have flooded in for A-SAFE’s competition to find what the public perceive to be the most bizarre health and safety signs in the UK.

A-SAFE, the international safety barrier manufacturer, launched a nationwide competition inviting the public to submit photos of health and safety warnings, applications and processes that they think are a step too far.

A-SAFE launched the light-hearted competition, inviting members of the public to keep an eye out for health and safety signs and snap a photo that they think best represents ‘health and safety gone mad’ to be in with a chance of winning a £200 Love2shop voucher.

Sophie Cowling's winning entry

Sophie Cowling’s winning entry

Sophie Cowling (34), was crowned the overall winner of the competition. Her comical entry captures a photograph of an empty field with a sign on the gate that reads — ‘hard hats to be worn when entering the field’.

Sophie said: “I’m absolutely thrilled to win the competition, what a lovely surprise!

“The photo was taken in a little village in the Nottinghamshire countryside. I regularly pass the sign when I walk the dog, and it always makes me laugh. I thought it would be a great entry for the competition; there are actually quite a few of the same sign dotted around the village.”

A selection of the finalists are shown here:





No parking



Louis perrera

Julie HIll



James Smith, co-owner of A-SAFE said: “We’re overwhelmed with the positive response to our ‘health and safety gone mad’ competition. Some of the examples certainly appear to take health and safety incredibly seriously, and it’s fantastic that the public pitched in to submit signs that made them laugh.

“Health and safety is a very important issue, and it’s imperative for everyone to take it seriously, but we also know that sometimes it can be taken too far. I think the key within any business or public area is to provide sensible and clear solutions, rules and regulations to enforce health and safety.

“Well done to our winner Sophie, this is a great spot and certainly made us laugh!”

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