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  Circus performers told to wear safety hats
Updated 24 July 2003, 18.53
Safety hats are usually found at the building site, not the big top!
Circus performers are angry about new guidelines which say they should wear hard hats when they are performing in the Big Top.

Some people are worried their acts are too dangerous and they've been asked to wear the helmets to protect their heads.

But acrobats from the Moscow State Circus are annoyed about having to wear them with their colourful costumes.

People are worried about the safety of acrobats

They say the hats stop them from seeing properly when they're up on the high wire or doing acrobatics.

The performers were asked to wear the hats because companies who insure them against accidents were worried about breaking new European Union (EU) guidelines.

The guidelines are set out to make sure people working in high places are safe.

If they had an accident and they weren't wearing them, it would mean they wouldn't get insurance money.

Insurance makes sure people still have cash if they can't work because they are hurt.

The performers say they'll wear the hats in rehearsals, but they'll be ditching them as soon as it's showtime.

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