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April 06, 2010

These folks need a backhoe just for the red tape

These days I think Monty Python was a reality show. (A 'JCB' looks like this.)

Council ordered JCB and four men to remove mattress
Council officials said they could not remove a mattress dumped on an embankment after claiming they needed four men and a JCB to do the job. Householders in Little Lever, near Bolton, Greater Manchester, had assumed that the mattress would be promptly removed by one or two workers after it was reported to the local authority.

But they had failed to take into account the health and safety requirements of Bolton Metropolitan Council.

An official was duly dispatched to the scene to carry out a risk assessment.

He decided that the only safe way to shift the mattress was to scoop it up in a 1.7 ton JCB digger – an operation that would require the services of a driver, a banksman to guide him, and two officials to make sure it was done properly.

Posted by joke du jour at April 6, 2010 07:03 PM

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