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#8769 04/03/02 09:12 PM
Joined: Jan 2002
Posts: 324
After a long day, one of my helpers (6 years with me) stepped off the plywood in an attic of a new house and stuck his foot through the sheet rock. He was not injured thankfully. This is not the first time this has happend and I always try to do this type of work instead of taking the risk that one of my employees might fall or damage a house that is 99% complete... but Murphy's Law always prevails. What would you do. The employee offered to pay for the damage. Would you let him pay?

[This message has been edited by arseegee (edited 04-03-2002).]

#8770 04/03/02 09:28 PM
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rub some sheetrock on his nose, make him stand in corner,, then fix it and move on,, be glad nobody got hurt..

#8771 04/03/02 09:31 PM
Joined: Mar 2001
Posts: 2,056
I would pay for it myself. It's the cost of doing business. The dividend in employee moral should make up for it!

#8772 04/03/02 10:31 PM
Joined: Dec 2000
Posts: 218
arseegee, I had this happen to me also. I had it fixed, we chided the guy that day and life went on. The guy I had did a better job though, he knocked a piece out that was 16" wide and 5'6" long. He fell off the ceiling joist and through the ceiling. He wasn't hurt but it took us a few minutes to regain our composure,ROTFLMAO,and help him out of the attic through the hole.

#8773 04/03/02 10:46 PM
Joined: Jan 2002
Posts: 34
c'mon brother i'm surprised you even asked the question. You need to take care of your guys. No questions...

#8774 04/03/02 10:55 PM
Joined: Jan 2002
Posts: 324
I have always paid for any damage caused by my guys. And will for this too. This is this guys second trip through a ceiling and I am much more concerned about his well being than a piece of sheet rock. He was just adamant about paying for it. He let himself down more than me.

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#8775 04/03/02 10:57 PM
Joined: Dec 2001
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We usually strip 'em down naked, paint their gentials blue, and make 'em walk naked backwards with a wirenut between their 6u++ cheeks across the entire job at lunch time. If that doesn't do the trick, just roll up a newspaper, and bop 'em across the nose.
I've seen much worse.

Bopological Regards,

The Watt Doctor
Altura Cogen
Channelview, TX
#8776 04/03/02 11:48 PM
Joined: Oct 2001
Posts: 77
I would say, pat the employee on the back for offering to pay for the repair- and tell him how much you appreciate his integrity. It is refreshing to see someone that can say "I am sorry, can I fix it".

#8777 04/04/02 08:01 AM
Joined: Jan 2002
Posts: 1,457
I tend to agree with everyone here but, second time through? Is this going to be a regular event?

#8778 04/04/02 08:54 AM
Joined: May 2001
Posts: 176
Perhaps some walkboards or additional walkboards in these areas may help prevent this occurance again. The last project I worked on had an electrical field superintendant who said "S*** happens, and you can't stop it".
Now on with life.

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