What is wrong with people? Are they going to advise putting screens over toilet bowls on the off chance that some nut sticks his head in toilet?Elf & safety strikes again: £250,000 study to tell us ten-pin bowling is dangerous
By Steve Doughty
Last updated at 11:37 AM on 30th November 2009
It's a peril that only a crack team of health and safety experts could have uncovered.
After two years and £250,000, they found that ten-pin bowling alleys up and down the country could be a 'very dangerous' environment for families. They concluded that it was too easy for children or teenagers to run down lanes and get trapped in machinery that sets up the pins - even though there was no record of any such accident having happened.
The bizarre Health and Safety Executive report found that members of the public would be at risk if they walked along the 60-foot lanes to knock over pins by hand.
Its authors even considered ordering every bowling alley to put barriers across lanes. But they were forced to admit defeat - after realising that bowlers must be able to see what they are aiming at. Their report said: ' Because customers need to see the pins and bowling balls entering the machine, managing the risk of access into the machine from the lanes is more difficult.'
Instead they have told operators to fit photoelectric beams to lanes so that pin-setting machines will cut off automatically if anyone trespasses.
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