Social Capital, Pop Culture and Bitching

I'm So Glad

   Tue, January 2, 2007 - 6:01 PM
My Intel job has been over a couple of weeks. The place was fun but you cannot believe how dangerous it was. Today a friend called to say a guy was next to a forklift lifting a scissor lift to take it somewhere. The strap or rope broke. The scissor lift tumbled off of the forks on the giant forklift. It crushed the guy. He broke all of his ribs and broke his spine in two places. All kinds of cop cars, fire trucks and ambulances showed up for the emergency response. The guy was still alive at 5:00 but I can't help but think what horrors his family and coworkers are going through. How long will his recovery be if he lives? I don't know who it is yet, it might be one of my former co-workers.

EDIT: I forgot to mention that thirteen guys ran over there and lifted it off of the guy. I found a pic of the most common type out there.


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Tue, January 2, 2007 - 6:56 PM
Sounds like it's a good place to not work at anymore - what's next for you?
Wed, January 3, 2007 - 6:38 AM
Not sure what I'm doing next. I have a few web pages to finish then I'll prolly head to Vegas.
Wed, January 3, 2007 - 9:30 AM
oh man, that's so INSANE, I can't imagine working in an environment where stuff like that happens, and I know you've posted about work injuries in the past. Doesn't anyone here see this happening and give a big ol' WTF?
Wed, January 3, 2007 - 4:09 PM
Actually EVERYONE gives a fuck. Very much so. Well except for maybe the pipefitters not so much. Anyway, that is why all the injuries have been little ones. Cuts, bruises, muscle pulls etc. This project cost is going to be around $3 Billion dollars. IIRC, there have been over a million and a half man hours so far. All this with no deaths and no serious injuries. That's quite an accomplishment. So yes, it is mega dangerous, but so are any large construction jobs.