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General Chat Thread, Rooftop rescue at school - IT Technicians beware. in General; Originally Posted by Geoff That's a bit of a grey area now isn't it. If his job description says 'installing ...
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    Re: Rooftop rescue at school - IT Technicians beware.

    Quote Originally Posted by Geoff
    That's a bit of a grey area now isn't it. If his job description says 'installing cabling' then surely he is doing what he's supposed to be doing. Regardless of the height..

    But yeah, no insurance at that altitude.
    Its not that grey Geoff, the point is the line you mention in the contract of employment. ”Any further duties that the Principal deems necessary”. Therefore if the school asks you to do the job and you do not decline because you think it unsafe, (this is your right). If anything goes wrong then you have a strong case against your employer. This did happen to a colleague of mine, a science technician who was asked to repair the Venetian blinds in a lab. Because of benching he had to place the stepladder on the work surface, not the floor. He should not have used the ladders on the bench, but he had never been trained in the use of steps so his misuse of the equipment was put down to his employer not training him in equipment use. As he came down off the ladder he stepped back into a sink fell and smashed his elbow, he never worked again though he was nearing retirement. The Authority did not win the case and he received damages. Needless to say we were now unable to use any stepladders from that day on in the Borough.

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    Re: Rooftop rescue at school - IT Technicians beware.

    National Accident Helpline anyone?

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    Re: Rooftop rescue at school - IT Technicians beware.

    Quote Originally Posted by Simcfc73
    Isn't it the old 'Any further duties that the Principal wants you to do' at the end of the contract.?
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    The official line to quote is "are you the competant person in law". Meaning trained, qualified and are those up to date. If you aren't you shouldn't be doing it, no matter what your job description says.

    If the school asks you to do it, the blame lies with them, but then you have to prove that. If you do it under your own steam, both you and the school are culpable.

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    Re: Rooftop rescue at school - IT Technicians beware.

    Any further duties that the Principal deems necessary
    Ah yes that old chestnut that everyone seems to have in their contracts however this cannot be a catch all clause for absolutely anything they desire.

    I have an official line on this from our LEA HR department that is filed away as an email at work for future reference.

    Ben

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