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Health and safety nonsense criticised

16th April 2009

The BBC's World Affairs Editor John Simpson has branded the modern preoccupation with health and safety regulations "nonsense".


The journalist said he was faced with filling in risk assessment forms that were "the size of a telephone directory" before filming the Top Dogs programme for the BBC.

The series shows him pitted against explorer Sir Ranulph Fiennes and yachtsman Sir Robin Knox-Johnston as they competed in the Arctic, Afghanistan and in the sea around Cape Horn.

Simpson told the BBC One Show that he saved a copy of the form he was asked to fill in before filming.

"It tells me 'You may bang your head, you may trip over, you may hurt this and that.'"And of course 'You might drown.' But what the hell? I mean, to every man upon this earth death cometh sooner or later."

He said: "I am the wrong age to care about that sort of stuff. I really hate all that nonsense."

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