That is, I am beginning to think, the cause of so many accidents- as well as several other problems in our industry.
Guys, we are NOT semi-skilled apes with tool pouches! We are PROFESSIONALS. This means WE are the boss- or we walk.
So many folks assume an attitude of superiority toward the 'lowly tradesman.' Heaven forbid they be inconvenienced by our ladder in a doorway (twice I've had folks try to move it, with me on it, rather than walk around), or our shutting off the power.
I don't care what the "manager" says, etc. If I need the power off, it gets shut off. Or I walk.
Sure, there are times I will take risks... part of being a 'pro' is knowing when to hold 'em, when to fold 'em.
Many, many times the same parties complaining about how you just can't inconvenience THEM are also the ones who created the situation in the first place- by being CHEAP. Putting everything on one circuit, not having a local switch or disconnect, not having sub-panels, etc. Or, by having incompetent handymen bollux things up so bad that nothing makes sense anymore.
I wonder if this was also one of those places that locked folks inside- then took the keys home?
All I can say is: keep a good set of wheels on your job box- so you can roll it out at a moments' notice.
[This message has been edited by renosteinke (edited 10-15-2006).]