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Thursday, August 11, 2016

update on Tuesday's post

I learned yesterday, via Elephant's Child, the young man injured at a construction site in my suburb has died from his injuries.
I don't know the family at all, but I'm feeling sad at how devastated they must be.

This morning on the radio news, his name was released, but I won't print it here. 
I also learned there were NO first aid facilities at the site, NO safety officer at the site, NO site manager and NO ONE was wearing a hard hat.

This is one of those sites where a large, older home is demolished and three new homes are built on the site.
The builder? Scott Salisbury Homes.
I'm sure they're falling over themselves now in their hurry to make sure all their current building sites are following regulations.
 
I've seen their homes on the internet, (everyone knows houses are a hobby of mine, styles, layout, decor) and the Scott Salisbury Homes are lovely, but would I choose them as a builder, now? After this incident? 
I'm tempted to say no, I wouldn't, but if if occupational work and safety regulations were strictly adhered to, and the particular style I wanted built was one of SSH designs, then I probably would. But I'd be dropping by daily, (with a hard hat),  to check on things, just like Hubby#1 and his dad, a registered HIA member,  did when our first home was being built in 1986.

18 comments:

  1. 'NO first aid facilities at the site, NO safety officer at the site, NO site manager and NO ONE was wearing a hard hat.'
    That is criminal. A tragedy which didn't need to happen. Which shouldn't have happened. His poor family.

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    1. Elephant's Child; I can see this going to the courts, the victim was only 17.

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  2. Sad and how awful for his family. That shouldn't be what going off to do an honest day's work is about. I should think criminal charges are appropriate. I know at times small time builders are slack with work place safety but this is not a small company.

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    1. Andrew; there will be criminal charges for sure and I'm wondering how many contracts will be cancelled by customers in the next few months. The company will take a long while to recover and all they had to do was be sure regulations were followed.

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  3. How sad; how sorry I am. I hope the negligent builders are dealt with severly.

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    1. Joanne; I'm sure they will be dealt with severely and people who had thought of building may cancel their contracts.

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  4. This is what makes me mad about the government going after unions because without their inspections this would happen a lot more and used to in the last century.
    This is the 21st century and it shouldn't happen at all.

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    1. JahTeh; you're right, union inspections are so necessary, where workplace safety is concerned especially. It's possible we don't know the full story, but a 17 year old has died needlessly and that shouldn't have happened.

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  5. This is my story

    The former master of the seized ship sat forlornly on the stern thwart holding the tiller of the 32 foot Cutter possibly wondering what went wrong. The ships crew or most of them had been abused or flogged at the slightest whim of the their officers and their attendant security namely six marines. the wife of the Master being one of the main reasons for the mutiny; who demanded the flogging of all persons who would dare look upon or drool over her gaze-worthy form.
    The plot was quite simple. The second mate Mr Vest and now Master designate, suggested a birthday party be held and on the lower deck and invite the six marines whom they easily filled with rum and were soon snoring.. The mutiny commenced when the marines were (ABDUCTED) one after the other at the point of the (SHARP) end of a bayonet on the end of a musket Stolen from the marines while asleep.. One by one the marines and officers were rudely awakened from their slumbers to be taken to the upper deck and ordered to climb down into the ships cutter.in the pouring (RAIN). Soon after a baricoe of water and provisions were sent down to the boat which was now swinging a fair bit in the wind and waiting to be lowered on the crest of a wave in a boiling (SEA GREEN) ocean.
    Finally the order to " Let Go' was given and the disengaging gear dropped the boat and the boat cleared the side of the ship and was seen later wallowing up and down with a lady still in her night attire screeching with (FROTH Covering her sea sick face.
    Fortunately the persons in the cutter would soon reach land fall for what it was worth, being there were (THOUSANDS) of islands in the near vicinity - mostly populated by people yet to become subordinate to a foreign power and with a taste for 'Long Pig' , Maybe a Great white variety would soon be on their menu
    "Ready about" came the order from the new Master - Captain Vest who pointed the ship to Rio and freedom. rather than Sydney and incarceration..

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    1. Vest; very interesting story, love the Long Pig mention. I read a book once called The Land of the Long Pig (or something similar) it was about New Zealand in its early days when they would wait for shipwrecks and rescue the people so they could eat them.

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  6. .. I'm sorry to hear about they young man dying. It was needless and as you say River, criminal.
    The company needs to install all the safety measures they can as soon as they can.
    .... Barb xxxx

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    1. Barbara; I'm sure the company already knew about the safety regulations and I'm astounded they didn't enforce them. They'll pay heavily for the negligence.

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  7. That is really a sad story. As a Realtor I have been involved in a lot of new builds sites and typically they are very closely monitored by OSHA. I would think that there will be some serious investigations going on and if the company wasn't following procedures they will have huge consequences. Of course, nothing will undo the harm that has been done. Very sad, for sure.

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    1. Cheryl; all of our build sites SHOULD be monitored for workplace safety, most are I'm sure. I'd say there'll be plenty of investigating going on for quite some time.

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  8. Bo Peep is a safety officer on that big construction in Sydney Baranroo [no hope in the world of spelling that] but from what I understand if a site has under the amount of men working there a first aid officer is not required but it would make sense to have someone with some knowledge working there, but hard hats are required by law for any building constructions even visitors must wear them but you see these shows on TV like The Block where they are not always wearing them so how do they get away with that.
    Merle.........

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    1. Merle; it's the lack of hard hats that really gets me, that is so wrong. and because the young man was an apprentice (on his first job I think) there should have been a safety officer.
      Those silly people on The block don't wear masks and goggles either when they should.

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  9. Hard hat is a necessity. I have never heard of a safety officer being onsite anywhere. Perhaps if it were an extremely large building in the city or something, but I couldn't imagine why else.

    Sometimes accidents happen, it's dangerous as a job. But NO hard hat? Wow.

    And hiring a 17-y-o for a job like that is probably shady also.

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