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A man fell past my window today.

There's been building work going on at our office building ever since I started. It's been dusty and noisy and I've cursed it under my breath several times (and I'm not the only one). Today, they put up some scaffolding outside the windows of my section, and then some builders came, in safety harnesses, and started doing whatever it was they needed the scaffolding for.

At one point I looked up and noticed one of the men wasn't wearing a safety harness. I didn't think anything of it, though; I just went back to work. Next thing I hear is this screech and an awful thud.

The three of us in our section sat bold upright, looking at each other uncertainly and going "Was that...?" "That sounded like..."

The ambulance was there in under 6 minutes. The man was still alive, but he'd fallen 3 storeys and landed on his head, or so the shocked security guard came and told us.

I hope he makes it.



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Jun. 15th, 2011 08:07 pm (UTC)
Oh damn. D: That is horrible! I hope he makes it, too.
Jun. 15th, 2011 08:25 pm (UTC)
God how horrible!

Jun. 15th, 2011 08:29 pm (UTC)
Oh my goodness! How sad for him - and how horrible for his workmates, you and your workmates, too.

I really shouldn't use this icon - but somehow I can't resist.
Jun. 15th, 2011 09:44 pm (UTC)
Well, it is rather apt, isn't it?

Though now I'm tempted to start thinking of that builder as a builder of very little brain...
Jun. 15th, 2011 09:55 pm (UTC)
Well, to be honest, if he'd had any sensible brain he'd have worn his harness...
Jun. 15th, 2011 08:35 pm (UTC)
That's horrible, and very shocking for you all to witness.
Jun. 15th, 2011 08:37 pm (UTC)
Wow. That's scary. I hope he's okay, too!
Jun. 15th, 2011 09:10 pm (UTC)
My father is a safety officer (sort of) in a large factory, and this is exactly the kind of thing he's supposed to help prevent.

Of course, he still has to pull people aside now and then to reprimand them for this kind of stupidity. Thankfully, it's only rarely that anything like this happens, but when it does, who gets blamed?

People laugh and scoff at how ridiculously far safety guidelines and procedures go, but it's exactly to prevent this, to protect people from themselves.

I hope he makes it, too, and I hope people (in very, very general) learn from this as well.

Jun. 15th, 2011 09:55 pm (UTC)
I'm sure we're all guilty, when confronted by a rule we're not particularly inclined to follow for whatever reason, of thinking 'it's health & safety gone mad!' and 'we don't need molly-coddling'...until something like this happens and you're having to deal with the fact that you're not invulnerable and bad things can happen to you, too.
Jun. 15th, 2011 09:13 pm (UTC)
Wow. I don't know what to say. How horrible.
Jun. 15th, 2011 09:31 pm (UTC)
OMG. How awful.
Jun. 16th, 2011 12:56 am (UTC)
Holy crap! I hope he's okay.
Jun. 16th, 2011 05:17 pm (UTC)
I asked the foreman how he was doing this morning; he's broken his pelvis, both his legs, an arm and several vertebrae, but the most worrying injury seems to be his cracked skull. They're keeping him under at the hospital, and the next few days are going to be critical, he said.
Jun. 17th, 2011 09:33 am (UTC)
As OHS officer at my work I can attest to people's stupidity (even my own at times). Our biggest hazards are chemical and biological, but can I get certain people to wear safety glasses, or even a pair of GLOVES?!

I presume an incident like that will trigger a fullscale investigation by your govt dept for workplace safety, and the cause of the fall to be known, fines to be issued to the employer (if appropriate) and so on. And I hope that the poor guy (and all of you that witnessed it) recover swiftly.
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