It’s amazing what gossip goes around in the local pub. There was me leaning against the bar discussing the political turmoil of the world, and then out of the blue, the words estate and warden made its way to my ears. So cutting my mate short mid-sentence, phrases such as lucky to be alive, the whole estate cut off, made the eavesdropping even more desirable. It was time to engage with the locals that turned out to be volunteers from the estate.
Evidently, the estate has volunteer wardens that use petrol strimmers to trim unsightly areas around the estate. It seems that in the course of this operation, the cables for the broadband were trimmed off along with a power cable.
Tut Tut Tut we say. What happened to the risk assessment for this operation? What happened to the duty of care to these upstanding folk that dedicate time and effort for the National Trust? Had this action been carried out by let’s say a member of staff, I feel that a disciplinary action would have been imminent, or is there one on its way?
You see the manager overseeing that type of works is responsible for the safety and welfare of the volunteer. All considerations should have been taken into account. This would be a visual assessment as well as the sit at the desk drinking coffee one. If that manager has failed in their duty to provide a duty of care, then naughty naughty, it’s wrist slapping time.
I can hear those grumblings from within about this story, but if less time was spent on playing I Spy and secret agents, I’m sure it would create a more professional approach.
I’m sure the near miss has found its way to the health and safety department. And, we are sure that appropriate action will be taken to ensure there are no repeats of this.
We thought it wise to flag this up as I know how long it takes to cascade down important information. Of course, in case the appropriate paperwork has been mislaid and as it could have been fatal, we feel with our fast distribution coverage,it may go some way to saving lives.
I would like to thank those volunteers for their cooperation and hope they are not to bitter if they read this.