Borough seeks to reduce Christmas injuries

Posted On November 23, 2006

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Staff at a London borough’s council have been forbidden from hanging some Christmas decorations at work to avoid seasonal injuries.

The Tower Hamlet’s Council advised staff in an e-mail Wednesday no decorations such as streamers could be displayed that required climbing to hang from ceilings or walls, the British newspaper Daily Mail reported.

The council said it had the staff’s well-being in mind, but said it also wanted to avoid lawsuits from employees who were injured while decorating.

Christmas lights of all kinds were banned to cut power bills and to ensure compliance with unspecified safety standards, the memo said.

The council went to lengths to stress it was not canceling Christmas, and endorsed the use of tinsel and baubles and anything else that doesn’t use electricity, the newspaper said.