Ever asked to do dubiously dangerous jobs?

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20 May 2022, 11:24 am

A few weeks ago the company hired a new 15 ton forklift to help with a big job and shortly after I was expected to flip multi ton sheets of rolled steel over with it with some chains and clamps along with driving the sheets and the forklift into the workshop past scaffolding with men on it, under doors and under the crane.

I have no training or "licence" for this forklift. Pretty much everyone in the workshop has no up to date licence or training. This goes for most of the machines in company.

I assume I'm not alone alone in thinking this is a common problem?



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20 May 2022, 7:21 pm

No company should ever allow you to move a forklift or even get on it without certification and proper training. It is also a big no no to operate a forklift with other people attached. Sounds like your employer will get seriously sued if someone gets hurt


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20 May 2022, 8:07 pm

Nades wrote:
I assume I'm not alone alone in thinking this is a common problem?

That assumption is correct.
Also:
In the late 1980s I lost a couple jobs because when instructed to ignore regulations I said NO.


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20 May 2022, 10:21 pm

My entire dumpster fire "job" is dangerous

At least two pedestrians have gotten struck by cars in the parking lot where I work as a Lot Attendant.

At least five car crashes in 18 months

Day laborers loiter around all day long and there are a lot of them

Homeless likewise

A couple of weeks ago it appeared that two homeless dudes were wrestling. It made me paranoid that a car would run them both over and someone would order me to mop up their corpses

The slave plantation in the middle of a homeless encampment

Every day I get paranoid someone might run over my worthless corpse with a car or rape me

Plenty of suspicious looking characters



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23 May 2022, 1:53 am

Ya I had to get on a 20-30 foot tall platform and stand on it as part of my old job.



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23 May 2022, 6:26 am

shortfatbalduglyman wrote:
My entire dumpster fire "job" is dangerous

At least two pedestrians have gotten struck by cars in the parking lot where I work as a Lot Attendant.

At least five car crashes in 18 months

Day laborers loiter around all day long and there are a lot of them

Homeless likewise

A couple of weeks ago it appeared that two homeless dudes were wrestling. It made me paranoid that a car would run them both over and someone would order me to mop up their corpses

The slave plantation in the middle of a homeless encampment

Every day I get paranoid someone might run over my worthless corpse with a car or rape me

Plenty of suspicious looking characters



Off leash dogs


I don't have such a colourful variety of problems but the ones the workshop do bump into are usually serious. About a year ago someone almost lost his thumb after it got trapped in the "safety guard" of a 75 ton press. I'm writing this comment with a massive bruise on my leg after a 25kg lifting lug broke it's welds and grazed from my knee downwards a week ago. It's only been 5 weeks since a mystery broken foot too. Broke my hand after dropping a beam on it a few years ago as well. Everyone seems to have bumps and clashes with metal or machines.

Luckily only one dog was spotted in the workshop so far.



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23 May 2022, 6:30 am

kitesandtrainsandcats wrote:
Nades wrote:
I assume I'm not alone alone in thinking this is a common problem?

That assumption is correct.
Also:
In the late 1980s I lost a couple jobs because when instructed to ignore regulations I said NO.


This is the biggest problem. Today I was in another forklift and I'm sure it didn't even belong to the company I worked for.

Everything is a lot less by the book in the field I work in. You even need to make sure keys for vans are not left in the ignition as any white van is fair game for someone who's carrying more they would like to carry.

It's like a real life version of GTA but one where vehicles eventually return at the end of the day.



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23 May 2022, 8:43 am

Call OSHA!!

Use the number below to report emergencies, unsafe working conditions, safety and health violations, to file a complaint, or to ask safety and health questions.

800-321-6742



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23 May 2022, 9:11 am

Nades is in the UK.

The pertinent number would probably be:

0300 003 1647

I wouldn't drive a forklift without training. They can be very dangerous, especially when there's items on it.

A long time ago, I drove one. I don't remember why. But I was scared.



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27 May 2022, 9:00 am

Well. Good news is that they appear to take the chronic lack of training more seriously all of a sudden and sending a load of people to training companies myself included.

It's only a minor health and safety course to allow people to work on site but at least it's a start.



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27 May 2022, 9:12 am

Nades wrote:
shortfatbalduglyman wrote:
My entire dumpster fire "job" is dangerous

At least two pedestrians have gotten struck by cars in the parking lot where I work as a Lot Attendant.

At least five car crashes in 18 months

Day laborers loiter around all day long and there are a lot of them

Homeless likewise

A couple of weeks ago it appeared that two homeless dudes were wrestling. It made me paranoid that a car would run them both over and someone would order me to mop up their corpses

The slave plantation in the middle of a homeless encampment

Every day I get paranoid someone might run over my worthless corpse with a car or rape me

Plenty of suspicious looking characters



Off leash dogs


I don't have such a colourful variety of problems but the ones the workshop do bump into are usually serious. About a year ago someone almost lost his thumb after it got trapped in the "safety guard" of a 75 ton press. I'm writing this comment with a massive bruise on my leg after a 25kg lifting lug broke it's welds and grazed from my knee downwards a week ago. It's only been 5 weeks since a mystery broken foot too. Broke my hand after dropping a beam on it a few years ago as well. Everyone seems to have bumps and clashes with metal or machines.

Luckily only one dog was spotted in the workshop so far.


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Sometimes the forklift driver drives too close to me while I am (trying to be a spotter) and I am afraid the forklift might crash into my worthless corpse

A customer almost closed the door on my (wing) arm while I was trying to load sod into the car (at her demand)

Numerous times almost fell on potholes

At least one customer fell over a pothole

A couple of months ago a customer was sitting on the floor and a forklift was next to her. It appeared that she got hit with a forklift. (Things are not always the way they appear)

Mice in the lockers


Some customers and employees act out of control when they feel like someone violated their "rights". Suspect plenty of convicted felons and psychiatric diagnosis


Esp in the loading area, reckless drivers



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29 May 2022, 12:48 am

My working life was largely spent in a place and era where health and safety were not a thing yet. I have been asked to do dangerous things, and have just done dangerous things to get a job done. Ive seen some injuries over rhe years. Never been seriously injured myself, thankfully.
I think in this day and age you shouldn't be expected to do something without proper training. It is your right to refuse. Refusing to do something is also unlikely to make you many friends with those who are asking you to do those things. Therefore I would say choose your battles carefully. What you see as dangerous might not seem that dangerous to someone else. That's not to say they are right.


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