Repeat after me – Thou shalt not fuck around with a powerline unless qualified to do so.
I’d seen the construction workers next door while we were living in Sydney do stupid shit on various occasions lift unsecured loads with the crane, pretend they were going to throw one of their friends off the roof etc. Fortunately for the workers, the time they broke the above commandment they didn’t manage to electrocute themselves. Unfortunately for workers, this time I filmed their shenanigans.
(you can hear my whiny voice towards the start and watch a few minutes of poor OH&S choices if you so wish, but the true magic starts a little after 5:40 where I’ve started it. Wait for it!).
I’m not certain that the guy on the ground in the video knew I was filming, but when I brought up the possible damage to the powerline with him as I was walking past, he kindly told me “piss off and look after your children!”. Realizing he was right, I quietly bowed my head and took my children home to care for them as is my role in life.
Kidding! I put the video on Youtube, sent the link to Workcover NSW (the organization that administers New South Wales workplace health and safety law), and the site was evacuated and inspected a few days later, with the boss shown the Youtube video in all its glory by the Workcover inspector. This all went down very shortly before I was due to leave for the US, which was fortunate because being glared at through formwork by builders who now hated my guts was starting to wear on me.
(Wow…..this video makes Sydney look dodgy as. Here’s some pics from a past walk around Watson’s bay to make up for it. It’s a lovely place, mostly non-dodgy place, I promise!)
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