Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Getting the Wrong End of the Shovel

It is said that the road to hell is paved with good intentions and it does sometimes happen that in performing what one believes is a heroic deed, the complete opposite occurs. The following narrative is an excellent example of one such incident. informs us that in March 2000, a builder was wearing a pair of worn-out blunnies with holes in the toes on site, when a stone found its way into one of his boots. In an attempt to free it, he steadied himself with a hand against a wall and proceeded to shake his foot vigorously.

Just as this was happening, an apprentice electrician walked around the corner and saw the builder shaking like mad. He immediately concluded that the man was being electrocuted, grabbed a shovel and with one quick swipe, smacked the shaking man across the forearm shattering two bones.

The question begs, does one stay angry with somebody who in their mind endeavoured to save your life, even if they nearly killed you in the process? Its moments like these that truly test whether or not it’s the thought that counts?

Blunnies are what we in SA would call veldskoene and in terms of our OHS Act ,they would be prohibited on site, so perhaps the moral of the story is to wear proper safety boots, it could prevent you from getting hurt!

Ernest Roper
Membership Services Manager


Monday, April 7, 2014

When it’s not quite your time yet!

On 27 February 2014, Walter Williams of Mississippi who had been receiving hospice care at home, aged 78, was pronounced dead after having suffered cardiovascular disease, along with other life threatening ailments. Holmes County Coroner Dexter Howard made the pronouncement after neither he nor the nurses present could find a pulse.

The family of the supposed deceased made the necessary funeral arrangement but Walter shocked all, when he began breathing and kicking at the funeral home.

Hospital officials said Williams appeared to have been suffering from severe hypoglycemia, or low blood sugar. That condition, combined with his medications, would have made it difficult to find a pulse and may have put him in such a deep sleep that it appeared he had died.

Williams took the experience in his stride and told his family to let him go when his time came for good.

"He told us, 'It's all up in the Lord's hands. Whatever the Lord says, I'm willing to do. Y'all just accept it,'" his daughter Gracie Williams said.

Sadly two weeks later Mr. Williams was again declared dead which prompted his nephew Eddie Hester to tell a local television station, “I think he's gone this time".


Ernest Roper
Membership Service  Manager