It was my job to make sure that the public, and my cowrkers were safe.
Get faulty electrics mended, keep things up to scratch , that was my role - but there are limits to being safety conscious, I reckon.
When 7/7 kicked off in London , England, I was not on duty. I was home, waiting to go to work thta afternoon on a late shift as the horror unfolded on the TV screen. But an inquest has revealed the following:
On that fateful day, as Underground staff watched people literally stagger out of the tunnels, a police cordon was formed to prevent Tube workers going in to rescue the injured and dying. I mean , for many of those on duty, it seemed the right thing to do- carry out and aid survivors. Some got past the police anyways. I reckon they did the right thing.
But the orders were to stay back. There was a risk of secondary explosions. It just wasn't safe...
Now this 'safety first' ethos has it's place - I don't want to see the days when employers could send little kiddies under the shafts of moving machines in order to clean them and workers having to risk serious injury as part of a normal working day - but in a dangerous situation like this - all bets are off, as far as I am concerend.
And it isn't just on 7/7. A female member of staff gets hassled by a drunk, and I'm over to help. the bosses and the Union , even , are hot on saying - "stay back, assess the situation , get backup, don't take risks ".
Dammit, for my female coworker, I ~AM~ backup. I know the odds, I'm a big boy, dammit.
I was raised to think it was a man's job to take care of women, not leave 'em to it.
let me point out that some LUL staff praised by the court were female. bravery isn't just a masculine virtue in my book . But these days, it seems that bravery is looked down upon for the sake of ' public safety'. Pc seems to be going too far.
There is something seriously wrong with society when we don't let our police, our firefighters and even guys like me go in and help injured people. Sometimes, its your Job - it's your duty as a human being to go into harms way to save others.
Me, I say things have gone too far. over to you ...