Monday, June 3, 2013

Construction Worker Saved By Bubble Wrap


I was surfing the net looking for some light-hearted industry related news when I came across this gem on the Huffington Post website, huffingtonpost.com.

"Just one week after Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day, a Boston construction worker was saved from a gruesome fate when his 30-foot fall was broken by the stuff, a spokesman for the Boston Fire Department told WCVB.

Footage of the scene indicates the lifesaving "bubble wrap," as the spokesman called it, was not the familiar poppable packing material, but an off-white material used to cover scaffolding at the building where the man was working Monday.

The 38-year-old, whose name has not been released, landed on a pile of the material on the ground.

The fall's impact left him stuck in the bubble wrap, and firefighters had to cut him out. He was checked into a hospital for shoulder and back injuries.

Bubble wrap -- in any form -- does a lot of good for this world. Last week, students in New Jersey set a new Guinness World Record for most people simultaneously popping bubble wrap, and, in doing so, raised money for the Sandy Hook Elementary School fund in Newtown, Conn.

In December, an Italian artist set out to rid Milan of stress by creating "anti-stress" bubble wrap-popping stations at bus stops."

So what thoughts do we take away from this?

Is there really such a thing as Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day and if so WHY?

Are there other arbitrary inanimate items that are celebrated in this manner say paper clips, post it notes, washing up liquid......

Can you really get stuck in bubble wrap and if you were to, regardless of the life saving circumstances, would you tell people? "I got stuck in bubble wrap; the fire-fighters had to cut me out".

"Bubble wrap -- in any form -- does a lot of good for this world", who is the moron being quoted here? Perhaps he/she doesn't know that the stuff is generally made from non degrading plastic which is manufactured from crude oil. It is horrendously bad for the environment, on so many levels. 

”Students in New Jersey set a new Guinness World Record for most people simultaneously popping bubble wrap". That's what students do for fun in New Jersey? Take a leaf from their book UCT!

Stress in Italy - who knew? 

Ernest Roper
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