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Gravestones Removed By Safety Officers

samzenpus posted more than 5 years ago | from the protect-the-innocent dept.

Idle 7

Almost a million gravestones have been removed or "secured" by health and safety officers in the UK. Officials are shoring up memorials with plastic binding, or stakes, or removing them entirely, to prevent them from falling over and causing injuries and compensation claims. The Health and Safety Executive has recorded 21 incidents of injuries caused by falling headstones over the past seven years and the government says gravestone accidents have caused eight deaths in the past 20 years. It's official: the UK has run out of problems to solve.

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How many? (2, Interesting)

AJWM (19027) | more than 5 years ago | (#25668083)

I want to know how many injuries there have been because of this effort to 'secure' gravestones -- including traffic accidents involving the crews driving around. (Or for that matter, the marginal increase in the death rate due to increased emissions from that driving around.)

Nothing is safe. Not even nothing.

Is this really something to be concerned about? (1)

admiral_potato (963470) | more than 5 years ago | (#25677819)

I honestly wonder how many of those deaths and injuries due to the headstones were a result of the victims themselves attempting to deface those headstones in the first place?

Another thought branch: Who hangs out in a graveyard that much anyway? Someone obsessed with death and dying, I guess...

Re:Is this really something to be concerned about? (1)

John Hasler (414242) | more than 5 years ago | (#25708273)

This is Britain, remember. Surely there are CCTV cameras monitoring all the graveyards.

Yea, Irony... (1)

killmofasta (460565) | more than 5 years ago | (#25683949)

What do you put on the gravestone of someone killed by a gravestone?

WATCH OUT?

What do you want on YOUR Tomb...EEYYAAA <<Crunch>>

What would a disclaimer look like?

"You enter this grave site at your own risk.
In the unlikely event that you are killed or injured by a falling grave stone,
We are NOT liable for a replacement or to provide you with one."

Geez.... Watch out for that Treeeeeeeee

CCTV (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25693377)

Maybe they should just install a CCTV camera pointing at each gravestone. Another camera seems to be the solution to the rest of the UK's problems, why not this one too?
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