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WA Water Corp

Graham Marshall - Thursday, April 21, 2011
If you' a safety guy (or lady), you're no doubt as baffled by the plethora of warnings  that seem to assault every aspect of our lives as I am.

The most loony safety warning I've come across recently was spotted on a packet of nuts.  It read "warning, contents may include nuts".

Well, personally, I'd like to believe that most people have the IQ to understand that if they buy a packet of nuts it will actually probably contain nuts.

Anyway, because of this madness,  I've decided to start a new award called the "Nuts Award" for the most ridiculous safety warning signs. 

Feel free to write in with your observations or send me a photo and I'll be happy to upload  to the blog.

To start the ball rolling, I'd like to award the first "Nuts Award" to the Western Australian Water Corporation. 

These guys are in control of a storm-water overflow pipe that runs across the beach in the Suburb of Floreat in Perth, WA. 

Now this pipe has been on the beach for at least 50 years, it's about 5 feet across and stands about 5-6 feet above the sand.  It's made of steel on a concrete foundation.

Lets just say it's pretty big and pretty bloody obvious.

And to my knowledge, no one has ever been injured by driving into it, walking into it, or falling over it.


But...someone in the Water Corp decided it needs a warning sign. 

So they've put a 1 foot square sign on the pipe which reads (I kid  you not) "Warning, pipe on beach".

If that wasn't stupid enough, they've also erected two signs about twenty feet each side of the pipe (each standing on a pole about 8 feet tall) with the same message.

Now the real risk isn't that anyone is likely to walk into the pipe in the dark, but there's a pretty good chance that someone will collide with the warning signs.  Luckily, they keep getting washed away by the tide anyway, so that's some satisfaction!

So congratulations to the WA Water Corporation - our first "Nuts Award" recipient. 

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