Snakes on Ladders

In that crazy world of Health and Safety, it’s a given that if you work in the construction industry and you walk past some one who is working in unsafe manner, like painting a window while perched precariously on a ladder and that ladder gives, it is a given that you, the competent one, have, in effect, given permission for a potential fatal outcome, or at best, a smashed body with ‘difficult to get out’ paint streaks.
It is even construed in the collective sense, that all of the workforce concerned, who work on this hypothetical highrise, that they all are responsible. Therefore in any investigative aftermath there is an abstract guilty party referred to as ”WE”, as in “WE killed a painter”, thereby, all, in unity, bear the guilt. Right up to the top of the flow chart.
The Director goes to jail along with you, even although he was nowhere near the incident, but by allowing it, he gives permission.

The Catholic Church should be saying in choral piety. Yep, We fucked you boys and girls.
All of us. Altogether now.
We fucked you boys and girls, Dads and Mums.
We the Catholic Church fucked you.
We Killed You.

And yet there was no Method Statement. No Risk Assessment. No Safe Height. No Certification. No Protection.
There was Supervision, but it walked past you in that precarious situation.
He gave permission.

Precibus et meritis beatæ Mariae semper Virginis, beati Michaelis Archangeli, beati Ioannis Baptistæ, et sanctorum Apostolorum Petri et Pauli et omnium Sanctorum misereatur vestri omnipotens Deus; et dimissis omnibus peccatis vestris, perducat vos Iesus Christus ad vitam æternam.



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