Is that a shock headline? Well, it should be, because I was shocked when I came across an event in Warsaw at the weekend.
All these kids were zooming down a very steep road, trying to be the fastest on a skateboard.
So far, that’s okay. Why shouldn’t they have fun?
But, whomever organised the event paid little attention to safety. And, this WAS an organised event – Adidas and Compensa were branding the event, and Warsaw closed the roads, so they must have given permission for it to happen.
When an event – any event – is planned, the city MUST ensure safety is assured. That is its basic public duty. Warsaw did not do this. Neither did the insurance giant, Compensa. They both failed to ensure safety or inspect the site. As a result, any of those kids could have ended up without a brain for the rest of their life.
I do not exaggerate. Look at this picture:
See how they chose to protect every 2nd or 3rd post with straw? What happens if a kid hits one of the posts without straw? How can Warsaw and Compensa leave that question up to luck?
There were parked cars and lamp posts and pavement edges, and all other sorts of obstructions, all without protection for the innocent kids having fun but waiting for brain damage.
Now, have a look at the next picture:
Notice all the cables lying around with people walking all over them? This is the most common trip hazard known to man. And, the electricity hazard is just plain common sense for everybody to know about, so why did Warsaw not know?
And, the next:
The next most common hazard is a coffee machine with hot water standing on a temporary table.
So, at this one event (authorised by Warsaw and branded by Compensa insurance company, remember) we have fast-moving kids going downhill without proper protection; electrical hazards; trip hazards and hot liquid hazards.
What the hell are the people in Warsaw town hall doing? If they give permission for an event to happen, it is their duty to ensure all safety measures are in place. If they inspect the site and discover what I discovered, then they should have stopped the event.
When will they learn?
You simply cannot take risks with people’s lives.
Learn; please learn…