Case 384 – Lollipop lady banned from waving at cars

Issue

A school Lollipop lady is banned from waving at cars by her bosses after one complaint by a member of the public.

Panel opinion

Whilst no-one wants to be killjoy, ‘lollipop’ men and ladies do have a very important job to do in helping manage road safety risks for schoolchildren. They need to pay full care and attention – both for their own safety and that of the children. We are fully in favour of a smile and a kind word, but potentially misleading hand gestures or a loss of attention could have serious consequences. On balance, we feel that the company was right to intervene and did so in a proportionate way in this instance.

Article source: http://hse.gov.uk/myth/myth-busting/2015/case384-lollipop-lady-banned-from-waving-at-cars.htm