Tuesday, 28 October 2008

How do you spell “exceptionally”?

I had to laugh at one of the recent comments about the weekend’s OMM event that ran into a media storm.

Prof Ashton [joint director of public health for the county council and Cumbria Primary Care Trust] said: “Considering all the weather warnings that were given should they now carry legal weight and should there be any legal liability for those ignoring advice given?” [grough]

Excellent. Let’s turn this around.

I see weather warnings being given that amount to nothing. So, if I don’t go into work because of the weather warnings, and the weather comes to nothing, will my work have a claim against the Government for loss of work?

Will insurance companies refuse to pay out if the weather forecast was severe? Well, people did ignore the advice. All these lorries blown over by the winds each winter.

Link to the Met Office to see if you have a legal duty not to travel to work.

Hopefully pubs and clubs selling alcohol will have a similar duty of care.


The title comes from a cartoon I remember seeing in a construction magazine in the 1990’s. Two builders are sat on top of a house roof, rainwater is lapping around their wellies, one is filling out a claims form, and asks his mate “how do you spell “exceptionally?””. It refers to the claim of exceptionally inclement weather.