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The horse and the barn door

We received the news this morning that the man who fell past my window last Wednesday had died of his injuries in hospital this weekend. He was 30 years old, recently married, and the father of a little one only a few weeks old. Needless to say we were all quite saddened by the news.

His mates returned to work today, after the authorities had given them the go-ahead; they strung up a safety net in the courtyard where the accident had occured, and every single one of the men that were working on the cupola were properly and conspicuously tethered and secured.

On a personal note: it turns out I'm not menopausal yet.



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Jun. 20th, 2011 08:43 pm (UTC)
How awful. :(
Jun. 20th, 2011 09:05 pm (UTC)
It's a sad, sad thing...
Jun. 20th, 2011 08:46 pm (UTC)
I'm so sorry. What a terrible waste.
Jun. 20th, 2011 09:09 pm (UTC)
It transpires the builders had had mandatory Health & Safety instruction only the day before - and still this happened. A waste, indeed...
Jun. 20th, 2011 08:58 pm (UTC)
Oh that's sad!
Jun. 20th, 2011 09:09 pm (UTC)
Isn't it?
Jun. 20th, 2011 10:06 pm (UTC)
I'm finding it difficult to find anything to say, which is why I did say anything last time. So sad.
Jun. 23rd, 2011 08:09 pm (UTC)
Yes, very.
Jun. 21st, 2011 02:11 am (UTC)
Oh, that's so sad. Poor man, and his poor family :-(
Jun. 21st, 2011 07:35 pm (UTC)
How sad - and all because of a few minutes stupidity.

I hate to mention this - but irregularity is a sign of the menopause... not just absence.
Jun. 23rd, 2011 08:03 pm (UTC)
Oh darn. And I thought I'd been given a new lease of life :(
Jun. 22nd, 2011 01:59 pm (UTC)
So sad.

When you first posted about his fall, it reminded me of something someone had told me in the late '90s.

I was writing the Environment, Health and Safety Annual Report for an international mining company. It had recently moved its HQ to Toronto, but had originally been European HQed.

When I interviewed the head of Health and Safety for that portion of the report, I was a bit shocked by the incidence of accidents in Europe vis a vis North America.

He told me that as a broad generalization, Europeans expected more vigilance on the environmental side than North Americans. But that NAs were much more vigilant about workers' safety.

"Here, people think, 'oh, well. accidents happen.' We don't drum into people that even one accident is unacceptable. We don't insist enough on taking all the precautions. And people take foolish risks."
Jun. 23rd, 2011 08:09 pm (UTC)
Perhaps that's true - in the way that generalisations often carry in them a kernel of truth. But I'd say it differs from country to country. The Germans, I believe, are very Health & Safety conscious, the Brits maybe even more so...but we Dutch, we take a more lacksadaisical approach, as may be evidenced by the fact that bike helmets never caught on.
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