On September 9, a blind daredevil will make an intrepid descent of an icy cold Scottish waterfall near Fort William to mark a major milestone in a campaign to hit back at so called 'elf and safety.'
Dean Dunbar, who is registered blind, runs Extreme Dreams, a website aimed at helping people with disabilities find companies that will help them take part in extreme sports.
Extreme Dreams is the thousandth organisation to sign up to a campaign organised by the Health and Safety Executive ("HSE") to get employers to focus on real risks not trivia and pointless paperwork.
HSE is concerned about erroneous reports of people being told they cannot do something for because of health and safety law. The majority of the time they are way off the mark and serve only to stoke ignorance and mistrust of the genuine safety work.
HSE's Pledge campaign has garnered the support of 1,000 organisations around Britain. It hopes to encourage more organisations to sign up to the Pledge and make a commitment to debunking myths surrounding health and safety that trivialise the impact of injuries, ill health and deaths on individuals and their families.
About Dean Dunbar
Dean Dunbar is best described as a blind daredevil who enjoys extreme sports and refuses to let his lack of sight stop him from doing the things he enjoys. The activities Dean undertakes serve as a powerful reminder that health and safety is not about preventing people from doing what they want, just to ensuring they do it safely.
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Dean has undertaken some extreme sports that have included world firsts. He was the first registered blind person in the world to:
- bungee jump from a helicopter;
- white water sledge the world's highest commercially run waterfall;
- be thrown by the Dangerous Sports Club's Human Catapult;
- participate in the gruelling 5 day Hebridean Challenge adventure race;
- set a time record around the Isle of Wight in a Thundercat power boat.
About the HSE
The HSE is Britain's national regulator for workplace health and safety. It aims to prevent death, injury and ill health. It does so through research, information and advice, promoting training, new or revised regulations and codes of practice, and working with local authority partners by inspection, investigation and enforcement.