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.

Darwinawards.com 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
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