The BBC managed to turn changing a couple of car tyres into a big drama thanks to their health and safety regulations.
Presenters Graham Bannerman and Christine Penhall were simply going to be timed changing tyres on a Peugot 206 to see who could do it fastest as part of the BBC’s Big Skill initiative.
But the straight-forward challenge turned into a big production, also starring the producer, a car mechanic, a first-aider and a paramedic – not to mention the ambulance – during filming on March 29.
And it was only after a risk assessment and separate set of health and safety forms had been filled in could the presenters get to work changing the tyres.
Caroline Lake, the qualified mechanic who was called in to brief the presenters and oversee the task, said: ‘All we were doing was taking a off a couple of wheels. Yet we had to have medical experts there in case something went wrong.
‘It was just barmy and so silly,’ she told the Daily Mail.
Apparently the BBC bosses decided that something thousands of us do everyday following a few simple precautions, warranted special precautions because the presenters were dealing with ‘unfamiliar equipment’.
They should have just come to etyres!
Denna Bowman, Head Office