Just come across a case of some H&S officer gone nuts. In Blaenau Gwent, (S. Wales) there is a now a ruling on supposed health & safety grounds, that refuse lorries, (trash carts) are not allowed to drive along backlanes. Instead, the refuse people have to walk along the lanes with a giant plastic bag, empty bins & black-bags into it, then drag the full bag back to the waiting refuse lorry, which must be left on a main road. If the giant bag fills before clearing the lane, a second, third or more journeys must be made. If the bag rips, then tough luck, they have to clean up and start again. There's only two people per lorry and they're not allowed to use a trolly of any kind.
So after emptying refuse from bins, dragging back, they then have to lift the bags/loose refuse out of the giant bag into the lorry. They may have to repeat these actions many times over to clear the refuse of even one lane. Many backlanes in the area are half a mile in length and many if not most in the valleys area, are on 1:5 and steeper inclines. What hellish idiocy can have brought about this crazy situation? On what grounds could this possibly be safer than having the lorry carry the load? I'd love to see the risk assessment that this is part of; one wonders if the person who complied the RA, has even been out of their office in the past eighty years.