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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.



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.