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Photo-a-Day  (Tuesday, 16th April, 2024)

The Plank


The Plank
This guy working on Trencherfield Mill has a lot of faith in that plank! I’m sure that he must be clipped to the scaffolding somewhere.

Photo: Dennis Seddon  (Sony DSC-WX500)
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Comment by: AP on 16th April 2024 at 01:14

I think that is his fall arrestor, just below his left elbow.

He is erecting the scaffolding, so that is not a working platform. He is adjusting the bearers for the platform above, to give adequate support near to the end of the scaf boards. The three to his right are positioned ready to haul up to the next level, and then the one which he is standing on to follow.

Comment by: Alan on 16th April 2024 at 03:00

He is a scaffolding erector.

Comment by: PeterP on 16th April 2024 at 06:40

There are plenty of planks stacked to his side. Unless H+S say there has to be two people to handle the planks you would think he would double up his walkway?

Comment by: Poet on 16th April 2024 at 07:23

That's a good spot Dennis . Not quite as precarious Harold Lloyd in 'Safety Last ' though .

Comment by: Helen of Troy on 16th April 2024 at 07:24

Yes Dennis, lets say he is fixed on VERY well !
I recall when walking at Whin Sill on Hadrians Wall . We had walked up a very, very steep flight of stone steps with no problem....it was another matter when making the return journey. I couldn't do it, so had to make most of the journey on my posterior !!
How embarassing ....

Comment by: Veronica on 16th April 2024 at 08:05

The bricks and stone are a lovely mellow colour. But it’s enough to give me the heebie jeebies watching anybody so high up. Perhaps he’s connected from the front.

Comment by: Colin Traynor on 16th April 2024 at 09:06

Good shot Dennis, you missed an opportunity to get up there for some great panoramic views.

Comment by: Irene Roberts on 16th April 2024 at 09:49

I still feel dizzy watching old clips of Fred Dibnah! Helen, I can go UP steps but I can't even walk down a COUPLE of steps these days without a rail to hang on to....nothing wrong with my legs physically but I've lost all confidence. And I'm the same crossing roads! I'll have to cross with the lollipop lady soon!

Comment by: Dennis Seddon on 16th April 2024 at 09:53

Ooooo not for me Colin, I get dizzy walking up the wooden stairs to Bedfordshire.
I have nothing but admiration for these guys who do this job on a daily basis.

Comment by: Maureen on 16th April 2024 at 12:00

Opera,not for moi..crossing roads are no problem..I've had to cross them wherever I've lived but...twice now I've fell in the back garden in exactly the same spot climbing just a couple of steps..the first time I finished up in Hospital..last week fell in exact spot and made a mess of my arm..so climbing scaffolding is a no thank you,anyone who does it for a living deserve a damn good pay packet.

Comment by: John(Westhoughton) on 16th April 2024 at 12:03

Another close up Dennis and it’s definitely a fall arrestor AP albet you can’t go much above a meter these days without wearing suchlike reminds me of doing Go-Ape at Rivington in 2008/2009 with my eldest grandaughter after recovering from a near fatal bout of pneumonia .

Comment by: John (Westhoughton) on 16th April 2024 at 12:18

D.T. I wish Gary could join us tomorrow at the Platform for a couple he seems like a good all rounder,no doubt three of my friends from work will be there but they are a friendly lot 2 from Wigan and 1 that had a concrete pump business in Standish now moved to Abram I think.The Platform 1.30 ish tomorrow Wednesday.

Comment by: John(Westhoughton) on 16th April 2024 at 13:05

Veronica you may afto explain how to get in touch with Ron sorry I nearly forgot as I am always kept busy.

Comment by: Maureen on 16th April 2024 at 14:42

Who the devil is opera..LOL.

Comment by: Colin Traynor on 16th April 2024 at 14:44

John, when you say the Platform, where is this?
Sadly cannot make it tomorrow as it's 'Birthday Boy' for myself and my brother.
8 years separates us but we were both born on the same day. Perhaps more on that tomorrow!

Comment by: Colin T on 16th April 2024 at 15:45

John, just had a thought, is that next to Wigan Central, Queen Street!

Comment by: T. D. on 16th April 2024 at 15:54

The Platform is under the arches on Queen St. Many happy returns.

Comment by: John (Westhoughton) on 16th April 2024 at 16:16

As T.D. Says Colin under the arches on Queen Street almost facing the concrete plant that I occasionally worked out of,happy birthday for tomorrow how old 87 mmmmm your 10 years older than me hahaha.Probably have a walk up to the Swan and Railway then across the road going up to where the Bobby used to stand directing traffic but a lot will not remember that maybe.Hopefully Dennis can make it to.

Comment by: T. D. on 16th April 2024 at 16:31

Bryan: 84 and his bro 76. Have a great day.

Comment by: Jembo on 16th April 2024 at 17:08

Wigan Central and The Platform are the same bar. Wigan Central is the bar and The Platform is the other room in the next arch.

Comment by: Gary on 16th April 2024 at 18:05

Fred Dibnah would have done that with long ladders.

Comment by: Rev David Long on 16th April 2024 at 19:17

Drove past the Queen Street arches yesterday - scaffolding being carried inside - so something going on. Anyone know what?

Comment by: Ticsmon on 16th April 2024 at 21:15

The scaffolder doesn't appear to be following industry guidance by not creating a 'scaffolders safety zone'. Although guardrails are in position and the use of personal fall protection, I don't think one board will be deemed a safe working platform. As PeterP observed, there are other boards available.

Comment by: Daz on 16th April 2024 at 23:10

His harness doesn't appear to be anchored anywhere.

Comment by: PeterP on 17th April 2024 at 09:28

Has Fred Dibner said you will only fall off once

Comment by: Ticsmon on 17th April 2024 at 15:04

'His harness doesn't appear to be anchored anywhere.'

Have a closer look.

Comment by: Daz on 17th April 2024 at 23:08

I already looked. Very closely. That's how I came up with "His harness doesn't appear to be anchored anywhere".
The thing "under his left elbow" is a double swivel tube clamp which is open. I can see his strap clipped to his harness, but can't see the other end fastened to the structure at any point. Still, it's nowt do wi us.

A bloke I once worked with, who didn't fasten his safety harness, fell over 3 hundred feet and survived due to grabbing onto a rope which slowed his fall. I think he broke both legs.

Comment by: Veronica on 18th April 2024 at 06:05

I’m a regular watcher of A& E on the box. A man was brought in who had fallen from a roof. I couldn’t bear watching. He was very lucky as his shoulder bone had come out of its socket but to watch the doctor trying to get it back without going in to surgery was awful. He was given gas and air and the doctor got the bone back in place. He went home the day after… how lucky was he.

Comment by: Veronica on 18th April 2024 at 12:09

I should have said the poor man’s arm had come out its socket!

Comment by: George (Hindley) on 18th April 2024 at 16:34

Daz you say a bloke fell over 3 hundred feet and only broke both legs? Sounds a bit far-fetched to me.

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