High on a wire...
Posted by Barry Cram on January 11, 2018, 8:43 pm, in reply to "Re: Landslip… "
Hello Lloyd, |
Yeah, your son and mine would be a good team.
What a great idea, using your son – a professional abseiler – to safely do the high-wire work way up above the motorways and other places! I know abseilers are even called in to do some jobs on tall properties, where they assist professionals, like architects, to reach high places inside building, with ropes, instead of using the more expensive and time-consuming scaffolding.
The jobs our sons do, can’t be rushed, though, saying that, they do get done pretty quickly, sometimes.
If the public knew the dangers involved in these jobs, then, I’m pretty sure they wouldn’t dream of forcing the workers to rush.
An example of a ‘rush-job’: a friend of the family, here in Leicestershire, named Bill, used to work on the electric pylons, years ago, before we knew him. He used to have a time-limit, of how long the electricity would be switched off, when working on renewing parts on pylons. This day, he was informed of the amount of time he had to do the job, and knew it was ‘a bit of a push,’ but, as we all know, we the public don’t like the electric being off for too long.
After being on the job a while, Bill’s mate, on the ground, shouted up to Bill, that he’d have to start making his way down, as the power would be going back on soon. After looking at his watch, Bill, thought that he could fix the job, and still get down in time… but, time flew, and before he knew it, his mate was waving his arms and sceaming up to him, ‘Jump! Jump!’
Bill, told me that he immediately checked his wristwatch, and shocked at how quickly the time had passed, and knowijng that the power was about to be switched back on any second, shouted out some strong words, and jumped from the top of the pylon, way, way down onto the field below… breaking bones when he hit it.
Apparently, the incident changed Bill’s happy-go-lucky personality; and if anyone saw him, now, hobbling, sadly around the town, and knew why, I’m pretty sure they’d have given up an extra hour of TV, or whatever unnecessary reason they wanted the electricity for, so Bill could have made it down from the pylon, safely.