Safety First

Share the story of a time you felt unsafe.

The lawyer in me still sees the majority of Health and Safety claims as a sad reflection of the blame culture we have in today’s society. Some is reasonable, some is not. Darwin really was on to something.

It’s policy at work that if a light needs replacing that cannot be reached normally, an engineer needs to use a platform and safety harness. The engineer also needs to be supervised by a few other engineers. The whole things goes from a few minutes work (they are fluorescent strip lights) to around 1 man hour. With high ceilings, I can understand, but 3 or 4 people using a moveable platform rather than a stepladder to change a bulb does look amusing. One understands why there’s a joke about it.

However, ladders were actually the last time I felt unsafe. I painted the house windows over the summer, but the spare bedroom window is quite hard to get to because of the angle of the house and the hedge at its boundary. To get the ladder level, it had to be quite steep which made it harder to climb one handed with a can of paint and a brush in the other. Obviously it’s not worth risking injury to paint a window so it probably wasn’t unsafe, it just wasn’t quite as “pleasant” as the other windows!

Be Safe by The Cribs is a bit wordy, so let’s go for:

I remember tears streaming down your face
When I said, “I’ll never let you go,”
When all those shadows almost killed your light.
I remember you said, “Don’t leave me here alone,”
But all that’s dead & gone & passed tonight.

Just close your eyes,
The sun is going down,
You’ll be alright,
No one can hurt you now.
Come morning light
You & I’ll be safe & sound.

Safe and Sound by Taylor Swift and The Civil Wars

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