"Health and safety" - Engineering firm Alderley orders staff to reverse park
IT has been used to try and ban bunting from lampposts and doormats from outside flats.
Now a company is citing health and safety as the reason for a directive to staff to park their cars facing the same direction.
The 130 staff at engineering firm Alderley, on the outskirts of Wickwar, near Yate, all received an email on Friday telling them that, from now on, all drivers will have to reverse their cars into their parking spaces.
The directive was met with bemusement and anger by some staff but the firm, which is a global company, with its headquarters in Wickwar, insists it will improve pedestrian safety.
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The company denied a claim made online that the unusual order was issued to make the car park look as neat as possible, instead saying it is for health and safety reasons after a safety review was carried out.
An Alderley spokesperson said: "The request issued to employees to reverse park was based on a wider health and safety initiative and continuous improvement program that is being put in place to ensure pedestrian and wider workplace safety within the site. Other initiatives include reissuing signage to reflect the 15 mph speed limit within the premises and adding additional pedestrian crossings.
"This has become more important as the number of staff continues to grow as we employ more people in the locality; with more vehicles on site we feel it prudent to implement these safety measures.
"The policy was put in place following a risk assessment that showed that given the fact that reverse parking is inherently more difficult than driving forwards it is better to reverse park into a parking space. When leaving driving forward, it gives you greater visibility to see pedestrians and other traffic."
Alderley specialises in building meters and control systems for hydraulic equipment. The firm, which also has offices in Texas, Dubai, Mos- cow, Saudi Arabia and Singapore, has grown rapidly in recent years.
Energy firm Scottish and Southern Energy (SSE) recently imposed a similar rule, with its 20,000 staff told they will be disciplined if they do not follow the regulations.
The Health and Safety Executive says it has no guidelines when it comes to parking, adding that it is a matter of personal choice.
The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents said: "In general it is preferable to allow the driver a choice, depending on the car park layout or circumstance."
Last year The Post reported Burnham-on-Sea businesses were told they could not hang up bunting in honour of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee without risk assessments and "stress testing" of lampposts. The boss of the Health and Safety Executive later branded the move "ridiculous".
And tenants of council-owned blocks of flats in Bristol were told to remove doormats, pot plants and mobility scooters from outside their homes for health and safety reasons.