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    Nearly sacked yesterday for not having a high enough hand rail on my tower, was a double boarded one with a low hand rail. Right next to me was two sparks in a 3.8 ceiling stood on top of their steps , but that was ok because they were directly employed. My job was to coat up some boxing ins 1 minute to do but needed to get right round them without marking the walls or doing any damage. Today I was told as I was in a small room that I could take my hand rails off as this was classed as a confined space and I could not fall on anything and hurt myself. Even it was at the same height. As usual health and safety is when it suits the management and when not or who.

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    I was yellow carded on a Carillion site for not having toe boards fitted to a zip up scaffold, i was 18 inches off the ground, pointed that out and the moment someone was working below me i would fit them, was told to sit through a re induction, utter bollocks

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    I was yellow carded on a Carillion site for not having toe boards fitted to a zip up scaffold, i was 18 inches off the ground, pointed that out and the moment someone was working below me i would fit them, was told to sit through a re induction, utter bollocks
    I had dealings with Carrillion years ago but as my memory recalls they told me you dont need them for a meter and below. Do they still do the points system, 3 points, 6 points reinducted 9 points goodbye. I got 18 in one go but thats another story.

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    I was on a Dupont job a few years ago and no mobile scaffold was allowed. If you needed a scaffold tower it had to be booked for the next day. I did this and a tower was made for me by the on site scaffolders with a ladder and access the tower was about two and a half foot high. This meant getting on my hands and knees and crawling under and getting in the hold and standing up, what a pilava. The site rules said no climbing up the exterior of a scaffold and ladders are provided for our own safety.

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    Am I phurking glad I don't work on sites anymore, I would thrown off or sacked within 10 mins or less

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    Default How building sites have changed

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    Am I phurking glad I don't work on sites anymore, I would thrown off or sacked within 10 mins or less
    I used to go to work in an old pair of shorts and old shoes, have the radio blasting out , dancing and singing on the scaffold. Breaks on the outside scaffold bird watching and practicing bird calls I cant remember any more accidents than today. But work was much more enjoyable then. There are to many jobsworths these days and spend to long thinking of ways to slow a job down. I mean who in their right mind wants to get hurt or hurt someone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ALROH57 View Post
    I had dealings with Carrillion years ago but as my memory recalls they told me you dont need them for a meter and below. Do they still do the points system, 3 points, 6 points reinducted 9 points goodbye. I got 18 in one go but thats another story.
    the last time I was on one of there sites they had the points system in use. Had they adhered to it religously I would have had dozens. Haven't done work for them in years now. Don't need the grief

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    Quote Originally Posted by ALROH57 View Post
    I used to go to work in an old pair of shorts and old shoes, have the radio blasting out , dancing and singing on the scaffold. Breaks on the outside scaffold bird watching and practicing bird calls I cant remember any more accidents than today. But work was much more enjoyable then. There are to many jobsworths these days and spend to long thinking of ways to slow a job down. I mean who in their right mind wants to get hurt or hurt someone.

    Ahh yes I remember those days well, ( not allowed to "practice" bird calls now) no hard hats, hi vis, the masking tape fights, indoor cricket, jumping off the top lift of scaffold into three layers of safety bags, or the scaffolders handbrake turning their lorry on the muddy road, scissor jack racing , I won't go into the firework story.
    As the song said, those were the days, long gone

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    recently done four small bathroom ceilings on a bam site for a mate who was stuck they were 4mtr high, because the scaffold tower was designated to me I had to dismantle the tower to enter and exit the bathroom taking 30 min plus each time,,it's a telling off if you go on someone elses tower,, all in all took me 4 days to do,, working out at 25sqm a day totally s**t thank god it was day rate,, cant see anyone making money on these sites, on a normal day I tape 100sqm+ hand taping,, the only time you don't see h&s is when there is a rush on at the end of a job ,,,

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    I remember a 4hour induction for a bovis lend lease site. We were told that questions would be asked through out and that if you got 2 wrong you would be asked to leave. Asked the fella beside me 2 scaffolding questions,he didn't know so was punted,turned out he was there to screed floors and lay granite tiles,held the final fit out up for days, kin brilliant

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