Don’t be scared to clear away snow and ice

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HOUSEHOLDERS have been urged not to let unfounded worries about “health and safety” prevent them from clearing snowfall at their properties.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) issued a reminder after a blast of bitter winter weather threatened to cause disruption.

Many people woke up to snow on Sunday after it started falling over large parts of the region. Some areas saw up to 15 centimetres of snowfall overnight on Saturday.

Official advice from the Government makes clear that people are unlikely to be sued or held legally responsible for any injuries if they have cleared the path carefully.

Employment Minister Chris Grayling said: “There are lots of health and safety myths in our society and we are working hard to slay them. We want people to do the right thing and we won’t let the law get in the way.”

Heather Bryant, HSE’s Regional Director for the East of England, said: “Too often we see health and safety reached for as an excuse for not doing something.

“We want to be really clear that there are no health and safety reasons to prevent people from clearing snow and ice from their own or a neighbour’s property.

“Don’t be put off clearing paths because you’re afraid someone will get injured. People walking on snow and ice have a responsibility to be careful. As long as you use a bit of common sense, the law is on your side.”