Unfiltered Story #92623

, , | Unfiltered | September 5, 2017

(I’m an apprentice with a construction company. During the final stages of a five-story building being put up, when the scaffolding is coming down [a rather treacherous process, which despite the best efforts of people involved, heavy boards/support framing/tools WILL be dropped] I’m tasked with keeping onlookers from getting too close to the building site, in addition to my other, more construction-focused duties. Mind you, there’s fences, barriers, caution tape, and warning signs ALL OVER THE PLACE in a 50-100 foot radius around the building, and somehow people still think it’s OK to just walk right up to the building; we get at LEAST one a day. This couple takes the cake for idiocy though…)

Couple: (Steps over caution tape and walks up to the south side of the building)

Me: “Hey folks, you can’t be here. This is an active construction site. Gonna need you to get over to the other side of the tape there (Gestures at the caution tape cordoning off the construction site).”

Man: “Oh, OK, Sorry.” (They walk off)

(I get back to work, thinking that’s the end of it. 20 minutes later I happen to glance up, and there’s that same couple on the EAST side of the building)

Me: “Hey, sorry if I wasn’t clear before, but I really need you to stay behind the tape over there (Gestures AGAIN at the caution tape cordoning off the construction site). You could get hurt.”

Man: “Sorry, sorry.” (They walk off again)

Me (to myself): “Geez, must be a language barrier or something…”

(I go back to work. Not 10 minutes later I hear one of the guys on the scaffolding removal crew yell out “HEADACHE!!!” [for those not familiar, that means, “I dropped something heavy, look out below!”] and look up to see a scaffolding board crash to earth mere FEET away from THE SAME DAMN COUPLE who are BACK ON THE SOUTH SIDE OF THE BUILDING)

Me (Racing over, now screaming at the top of my lungs): “CLEAR OUT!!! CLEAR THE F*** OUT!!! DO YOU HAVE A F***KING DEATH WISH?!”

(They both go white as sheets, turn on their heels, and Usain Bolt right the hell away from the building. It only occurs to me after the adrenaline wears off that I didn’t bother to put down my hammer when I was chasing them off, so it very likely looked like I was ready to bash their skulls in with it, especially if there *was* a language barrier… Sorry random couple, but for the love o’ whoever or whatever you pray to, DON’T CROSS THE DAMN CAUTION TAPE!!!)

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