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The days before health and safety

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This is a thread about how crazily dangerous things used to be. This is a long but worthwhile read about the 1904 Olympic marathon. Things were obviously different in those days, I don’t know if I prefer the strychnine /brandy shots used to encourage the winner or the fact that the guy who came 4th took both a nap during the race; 


“The first to arrive at the finish line was Fred Lorz, who had actually dropped out of the race after nine miles and hitched a ride back to the stadium in a car, waving at spectators and runners alike during the ride. When the car broke down at the 19th mile, Lorz re-entered the race and jogged across the finish line.[5]After being hailed as the winner, he had his photograph taken with Alice Roosevelt, daughter of then-U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt, and was about to be awarded the gold medal when his subterfuge was revealed. Upon being confronted by officials, Lorz immediately admitted his deception, and despite his claims he was joking, the AAUresponded by banning him for a year. He later won the 1905 Boston Marathon.[4][6]

Thomas Hicks ended up the winner of the event, although he was aided by measures that would not have been permitted in later years. Ten miles from the finish, Hicks led the race by a mile and a half, but he had to be restrained from stopping and lying down by his trainers. From then until the end of the race, Hicks received several doses of strychnine (a common rat poison, which stimulates the nervous system in small doses) mixed with brandy.[4] He continued to battle onwards, hallucinating, barely able to walk for most of the course. When he reached the stadium, his support team carried him over the line, holding him in the air while he shuffled his feet as if still running. Hicks had to be carried off the track, and might have died in the stadium had he not been treated by several doctors. He lost eight pounds during the course of the marathon.[7]

Another near-fatality during the event was William Garcia of the United States. He was found lying in the road along the marathon course with severe internal injuries caused by breathing the clouds of dust kicked up by the race officials' cars.[4] Postman Andarín Carvajaljoined the marathon, arriving at the last minute.[5] After losing all of his money in New Orleans, Louisiana, he hitchhiked to St. Louis and had to run the event in street clothes that he cut around the legs to make them look like shorts. Not having eaten in 40 hours, he stopped off in an orchard en route to have a snack on some apples, which turned out to be rotten.[5] The rotten apples caused him to have strong stomach cramps and to have to lie down and take a nap. Despite falling ill from the apples and taking a nap, he finished in fourth place.[5][8][9][7]

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4 minutes ago, Colonel Kurtz said:

That looks good fun. I’d have a go on that. 

It was ace, used to love going there as a kid. 

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Those playgrounds we used to have were a nightmare. Standing up on swings , the merrygorounds , maypoles and withches hat probably led to more loss of limbs than the Gulf War.

 

In the early 80's I was the office junior in a bank in Walton and if we had a power cut we had a generator in a permanently flooded , unlit , underground room that was riddled with rats , and I had to don waders and try to get it going again.

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Remember kiddies playground back in my day. No spongy ground or safety straps covering just concrete and lethal devices designed to crack skulls and cause multiply abrasions and cuts.  There was one particular machine called the "jerker", basically two swings joined with a beam that you sat astride,  that attracted the hard cunts who liked nothing better than to get a couple of younger kids getting on then they would stand up either end then get the fucking thing riding horizontal to the top of the frame . One lad that was in my class got his leg completely smashed up and ended up with a permanent limp. He earned the nickname "lucky" after an incident during Wed afternoon games session. 

Lucky sat it out as usual and as the weather was nice had to sit and watch from the side of the field. For some unfathomable reason they let some of the kids loose with javelins . One nutcase started on lucky and played chicken .

Long story short Lucky got a javelin through the scrotum and the nutjob got expelled.   

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Anyone of you cunts suffered a summer holiday in Blackpool?

 

Days spent sticking pennies in a machine you could just kick and win, but for some reason don't, dissapointing sandwiches on the beach whilst the whiff of fish and chips float by, watching your parents get scammed on those 'open the box' bullshit idiot fly trap pop up scams, knowing that the depressed donkey was depressed for a reason?

 

Then you'll know Winter Gardens, the paupers choice of the slim pickings availble.

 

Anyhows, the death slide?

 

You know how normal people just lean back in to it, yeah, the hero of this tale decided to push off...

 

Cracked coccyx.

 

I'd still put Blackpool emergency care above some of the other tourist attractions.

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My mam told me a story recently about my granddad. He had a van so he gave a load of lads of a lift to golf. After the game they had a skinful of pints before heading for the local. On the way up a steep hill all the lads in the back went flying out on to road with all their clubs. He continued the drive back and only realised the lads weren't there when he arrived at the pub. The other lads had to walk for hours carrying golf clubs.

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I think that when our builders go home at 4pm they go through a time warp back to the 1970's. Not a bit of yellow tape, a hard hat, signs or anything to make you think health and safety is a thing.

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1 hour ago, A Red said:

I think that when our builders go home at 4pm they go through a time warp back to the 1970's. Not a bit of yellow tape, a hard hat, signs or anything to make you think health and safety is a thing.

Our scaffolders were the same, coked up monkeys scrambling over 3 stories of scaffolding without a harness or helmet. Nutters

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22 minutes ago, Colonel Kurtz said:

Our scaffolders were the same, coked up monkeys scrambling over 3 stories of scaffolding without a harness or helmet. Nutters

Scrambling for safety while you walk round the garden with a hammer more like 

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2 hours ago, A Red said:

I think that when our builders go home at 4pm they go through a time warp back to the 1970's. Not a bit of yellow tape, a hard hat, signs or anything to make you think health and safety is a thing.

Small domestic projects aren't notifiable to the HSE so there's very little chance of an inspection for breach of regulations; the contractor still has a responsibility under the CDM regs. 

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11 hours ago, General Dryness said:

Had one of those at the local funhouse when I was a kid, but we called it the mushroom. Unless you got right in the middle you didn't have a shit show of staying on.

Take the kids to the Crocky Trail near Chester the other year and they had one of these along with an array of other things that I can't see how they got past H&S. Brilliant place and the kids loved it and that spinning disc was always busy.

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33 minutes ago, manwiththestick said:

Take the kids to the Crocky Trail near Chester the other year and they had one of these along with an array of other things that I can't see how they got past H&S. Brilliant place and the kids loved it and that spinning disc was always busy.

Went there a few years ago, great for kids. I'm very surprised that the big slide with the platform that is released passed health and safety.

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2 hours ago, Bjornebye said:

Scrambling for safety while you walk round the garden with a hammer more like 

I imagine being at the top of some scaffolding is the safest place in Kurtzy's garden

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2 minutes ago, sir roger said:

I imagine being at the top of some scaffolding is the safest place in Kurtzy's garden

Knowing him he'll just start undoing it from the bottom while Mrs Kurtz makes a jug of Pimms

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Just now, Bjornebye said:

Knowing him he'll just start undoing it from the bottom while Mrs Kurtz makes a jug of Pimms

Pimms , with a dash of some toxin known only to the School of Tropical Medicine , Agatha Christie and the owner of Ken's Fried Chicken

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3 minutes ago, sir roger said:

Pimms , with a dash of some toxin known only to the School of Tropical Medicine , Agatha Christie and the owner of Ken's Fried Chicken

Hahahaha "why is the cucumber glowing?" takes sip *evil laugh* "Its cyaniiide" 

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4 hours ago, Bjornebye said:

Hahahaha "why is the cucumber glowing?" takes sip *evil laugh* "Its cyaniiide" 

Ha ha. Building work all completed, old lady who fell into the manhole never did sue so looks like we got away with it, 
 

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