Sounds good to me. I'll add one other thing, any new base should be as
material efficient as possible, and theres no base more efficient than
no base at all. That means wedge bulbs and bipins, either of which
would make safer cheaper successors. Obviously the biguns would need to
stay with ES, like the larger hardened PAR lamps.
Absolutely. Are you guys and galls aware that on construction sites in
the UK contractors have effectively been banned from using ladders and
steps in case they fall off them? Instead we have to use "one man
scaffolds" for even something as trivial as running a cable above a
ceiling. As you can guess this is a complete chore and rather bad for
ones back due to the lack of ease in height adjustment and trying to get
these monstrosities through doors.
It's like the HSE said "Ooh! Lots of people fall at work so lets ban
ladders." Well lots of people get knocked down by cars so lets ban them
too. It's the same logic.
While I'm ranting..... A quick reminder for self employed UK
contractors. Unless you have the CSCS certificate you may not be able to
work on construction sites from next year. For electricians this is
particularly grim since we have to get ours through the JIB and they
aren't exactly well organised.
You can look forward to such questions as....
Your work colleague gets an electric shock and doesn't feel well. Do
A. Get him a nice hot cup of tea.
B. Send him home.
C. Seek medical assistance immediately.
D. Slap him firmly in the face and tell him to pull himself together.
Really. That's the level of questions.
Red tape and unskilled labour is making even the simplest job a chore.
It's time to emigrate.
Well, I had picked up my father's soldering iron by that age,
having got an interest in electronics probably from around
age 7 or 8.
When I got to O-level physics, I recall being rather disappointed
to find that we missed out on electronics and domestic wiring which
I would have sailed through, whilst those in the bottom set who did
CSE rather than O-level did have these in their course.
I had to wait until I reached 16 then went and did it for real. Not
domestic wiring though, I ended up serving my apprenticeship with an
electrical engineering company doing construction and steelworks. Much
better than school!
Anywhere that's not populated so densely that they have to invent
fictitious jobs just to keep wasters busy. A job on a site where the
technical labour wasn't matched man for man by an office worker would be
a good start.
I'm even thinking of dropping my trade. After 25 years as an
electrician in the more industrial side of electrical and electronic
engineering I'm just sick of red tape. Maybe I'll get a job as a safety
So true. I remember being totally blanked for a maintenance job at a
local Alcan plant. They specifically wanted students with an HND (any
HND) to work on their machinery. Not a real electrician with tons of
electronics, panel building and maintenance experience.
Then they shut down. Maybe they couldn't keep the machines running.
I can gert em that price online..
BUT its accepatble for now. I am going to leave it. If the new cartridge
when this one runs out doesn't fix it, its by by my old and faithful
laserjet..and probably hello color one..
On Tue, 12 Dec 2006 01:01:30 GMT someone who may be Clive Mitchell
After they had expanded their empire to include railways the HSE did
consider grabbing road safety as well. However, they soon decided
not to and later even ran away screaming when asked to look at
workplace health and safety when the person concerned happened to be
in a motor vehicle.
David Hansen, Edinburgh
I will *always* explain revoked encryption keys, unless RIP prevents me
I don't believe that it's quite as bad as that - AFAIK the guidelines are
that ladders are not suitable for long-term access and are supposed to be
for jobs that are not anticipated to take more than about 20minutes.
Only second-hand info though so I may be wrong - however it does make sense,
since I do find that I feel safer the longer I spend up a ladder and so
would probably become less aware of safety issues after a long period and
more likely to take unnecessary risks.
Just been out inspecting 120 bat boxes in a woodland and the idea of having
to set up scaffolding around every tree is outrageous!
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