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    Rooftop rescue at school - IT Technicians beware.

    This was in our local paper. The school is just up the road from me.

    Firefighters used specialist mountain rescue equipment to free an IT technician trapped in the roof of the school.
    The 22-year old man was retrieved from the loft of The King's High School, Pontefract, where he had been laying cables at 10.15am on Thursday April 13.
    The man had entered the loft through a hatch and walked along the beams in the 100ft-long roof space, before trapping his foot and dislocating his knee when he tried to climb over a horizontal beam.
    A team from Pontefract Fire Station, one of just three specialist rescue stations in West Yorkshire, used a stretcher to move a man back to the loft hatch and then ropes and pulleys to lower him 30ft through the hatch to waiting paramedics.

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    Re: Rooftop rescue at school - IT Technicians beware.

    heh, we're not allowed to go above stepladder height.

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    Re: Rooftop rescue at school - IT Technicians beware.

    Unlucky! That is the sort of thing that happens to me!

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    Re: Rooftop rescue at school - IT Technicians beware.

    I didn't know 'Prison Break' was set in Pontefract

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    Re: Rooftop rescue at school - IT Technicians beware.

    Ouch.. bad enough the poor guy got injured but then to have an article on it.. harsh. I can smell accident claims in the wind

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    Re: Rooftop rescue at school - IT Technicians beware.

    The sort of thing we do in schools and the consequences. The schools insurance would't cover it for the reason Geoff stated for a start.

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    Re: Rooftop rescue at school - IT Technicians beware.

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    The sort of thing we do in schools and the consequences. The schools insurance would't cover it for the reason Geoff stated for a start.
    That all depends Mark, on whether the school had asked him to do the job. If he decided himself to install these new cables then he could also loose his job, as he was doing something he ought not to have been doing.

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    Re: Rooftop rescue at school - IT Technicians beware.

    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.

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    Re: Rooftop rescue at school - IT Technicians beware.

    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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    Re: Rooftop rescue at school - IT Technicians beware.

    Certainly is on mine. I doubt I'll see 'tripping over roof beams and causing personal injury thereby trapping oneself in roof spaces' in my job description any time soon though.

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    Re: Rooftop rescue at school - IT Technicians beware.

    I'm in the same situation - was asked to lay cables despite the school previously knoing there was an asbestos risk. I subsequently learned of this and am now much more careful about what I agree to.

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    Re: Rooftop rescue at school - IT Technicians beware.

    Quote Originally Posted by CyberNerd
    I'm in the same situation - was asked to lay cables despite the school previously knoing there was an asbestos risk. I subsequently learned of this and am now much more careful about what I agree to.
    You could probably give them a nice legal spanking over that. Have you talked to your union about it?

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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.?
    As it come to it the tasks they ask you should be resonable so asking you to put your health at risk is not but asking you to nip to office with a message as long as not all the while they can ask you...


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    Re: Rooftop rescue at school - IT Technicians beware.

    No, I'm pretty sure the risk was minimal as it was only one particular area. I was really annoyed at the time that I wasn't told about it though. The work is finally being done this summer now to remove all the damaged material around the school (2yrs after the initial survey!)

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    Re: Rooftop rescue at school - IT Technicians beware.

    well as for asbestos funny you should mention that we had something in brefing about mianly there is few areas in school that have got it or closed off and away from anyone...

    but have been told about it and also it it labled up as such...

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