Bloody hell, mad roofers are us!

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I remember working on an old farmyard barn roof as a young labourer using a cat ladder, on me tod.

I got up the upright ladder and onto the cat and worked on the roof replacing the odd plain tile.

Rather than move the upright set of ladders to reach a tile just a meter the other side, I stood on the ridge and hoiked the cat over the upright ladder so I could reach.

Only problem was the old barn roof had a crown on it. As I descended, the cat ladder settled and the hook came off the ridge. I was fortunate that the upright ladder was still within reach of my foot. Only trouble was I didn't tie it back.

Me, the cat ladder and the upright ladder slid away from the building until I'm doing a rather elegant 'splits'. Luckily a farm labourer saw my predicament and climbed the ladder so that his weight pushed us back to safety.

Such fun!

Looking from the ground afterwards you could see that one part of the roof was ancient and bowed and the more recent part was straight.

Great fun the early 80's. I gave my Clima cat ladders away 10 years ago.
 
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The Empire State Building was built before Health and Safety went beserk.

http://list25.com/25-awesome-pictures-of-the-empire-state-building-under-construction/

At the start of my career I worked in high locations such ship's masts ( radar scanner servicing ) and radio station masts. In those days one paid attention to safety using common sense and self preservation skills.

Today too many workers assume the regulations will prevent them being injured at work and self preservation is a dying art ( pun not intended ).
 
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I too use my common sense when it comes to heights, my fear of heights always make me overcautious so perhaps make me very safe.. I aways use scaffoling for dropping flues down chimneys and that costs... I did a job where another company was fitting the flue liner, their employed installer worked without a cat ladder and carried the liner on his shoulder, sitting on the chimney stack to drop the liner down... That may be fine for a SE guy who knows his limits but madness for an employee to be happy to do that...
 
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Today too many workers assume the regulations will prevent them being injured at work and self preservation is a dying art ( pun not intended ).
Like the new guy who scalded his hands under the hot water tap.

"...at the last place I used to work there was a sign saying "caution hot water!", but not on these sinks".

Hilarious. You have to wonder how these people cope once they get home every night. :rolleyes:
 
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Today too many workers assume the regulations will prevent them being injured at work and self preservation is a dying art ( pun not intended ).
Like the new guy who scalded his hands under the hot water tap.

"...at the last place I used to work there was a sign saying "caution hot water!", but not on these sinks".

Hilarious. You have to wonder how these people cope once they get home every night. :rolleyes:

when i was S.E i had to do a round trip of about 100 miles to stick on a 'caution hot water' sign,in a building society,was always amazed why the bloody thing couldnt be posted and they done it,but as my company had a contract with them it had to be done.traveling took me about 4 hrs and £2.50 in car parking fees and to do the job took me the time to remove the backing and slapping the thing onto the tiles.WAS so tempted to stick it upside down :LOL:
 
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A lot of them Empire State building pictures are not the Empire State building

Still, pretty dangerous and scary to look at.
 
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I'm glad I live in a bungalow.

If you live on the Lakes Estate, you will no doubt have seen me in my 11 reg Transit van (except I have not been on the road since March 2012..... ;) ).
 
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