Tales from the Trenches
So, we were completing a fit-out for a major client (the “no expense spared” kind). The new boardroom table had arrived and was carefully moved into position. Kid gloves and all that!
We heard it was worth hundreds of thousands of dollars.
The finish on the top was absolutely superb – a deep lustre that must have taken ages to achieve. The entire table must have taken a lot of work and a long time to complete. It was a work of art.
We were absolutely terrified of doing ANYTHING to cause any kind of damage.
Come defect time, it was discovered that one of the lights above the table wasn’t working so an electrician was requested to come on-site to investigate and repair.
After being told the electrician was almost done, the site supervisor went to take a look.
Horror of horrors. This ‘person’ was standing on the table in his steel-caps, his drill and other tools lying around him on the totally unprotected table top. With considerable restraint, the supervisor managed to keep his voice below 100 decibels but still made it abundantly clear that the observed behaviour was NOT appropriate and that the electrician should CAREFULLY make his way down off the table without causing any more damage.
A close inspection found minimal damage and the manufacturer was able to make repairs with little effort. The electrician’s insurance company took the hit.
Clearly there’s a reason this electrician was not able to train as a brain surgeon!
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