Calm down there, Satan
@troubled panda, because Verizon is a shjtty company for many reasons.
@troubled panda, if this blows up (and it should) they'll probably give some stupid reason to protect themselves from negarive PR like "We just wanted to make sure he got some proper rest after his heroic actions so we suspended him without pay." And then they'll bring him back. If it doesn't, they'll probably just fire him
@troubled panda, or maybe because he chose to meddle with God
@ThePandaPool , I read an article about a railroad worker (might've been CSX but not sure) who rescued a kitten from a tanker car and got fired for it. He saw it after dropping off the tanker in the yard and heard meowing from inside so he promised the kitten if it was still there at the end of his shift it was coming home with him. His boss said no but he couldn't leave it there so he took it home anyway. He got a call the next day to not bother coming in. After some backlash when the story broke he was reinstated with an apology.
@troubled panda, why rescue the cat? I know right? Dick move kitty, dick move
@troubled panda, he tried to surpass god and was burned instead
@troubled panda, The reason is a safety procedure. This case is special but I will get into it later. There are two spaces on a utility pole, the “power space” and the “communications space” which is below the power. Telecom companies are usually relegated to only use the communication space and they enjoy this because it requires less money for training of employees, less PPE for rubber gloves, face shields, etc. and most importantly cheaper trucks. Their booms and buckets can be metal since there is no risk of coming into contact with energized components. However in the power space the boom and bucket must be made of an insulating material, usually fiberglass that must be inspected constantly throughout the life of the truck. If a worker that is not trained in how to handle electricity gets around live components then catastrophic events could occur inadvertently just by the boom getting near a line.
Now for the special case, this is a pole with a power space technically, but the
@Lurker1, power running on this pole was only duplex, more than likely 120V. This wire is almost always covered in rubber and can hurt someone badly if not careful. What he should have done is call the local power company to come get the cat, or get his supervisor to give him permission if he was competent with his knowledge of the electric space. All in all, not super dangerous, but Verizon didn’t really have a choice because safety has to be the number one priority and with all the publicity their hand was forced.
@AJMalone, but why tho thats got nothing to do with the railroad. Why would his boss say he couldnt take a kitten home.
@BlazingBowman, I think it was to do with it wasn't his job to rescue kittens but to move trains and being on the property after hours was trespassing. Boss's boss said the rescue was a humanitarian gesture and an isolated incident, it wasn't like all this guy did was look for kittens.
@AJMalone, still bullsh!t
@AJMalone, if the kitten was IN the tanker, its because of it being a confined space without permit.
@cruss4612, that would only apply to the whole body entering. If he could simply reach in, grab the kitten and pull it out while most of his body was outside it would have been safe. Otherwise you're right.
I am a Electrician so let me confirm: Fvck Verizon.
"Nobody liked that"
Wow. Douchy company.
For those wondering, Verizon claims he was using the equipment in a manner that not only could have resulted in his death but also endanger those around him. How true that is I don’t know. What I do know is that the two GoFundMe set up for the guy have exceeded a combined total of $10,000.
If a company suspends me for any reason, I think I'll quit
@TomPholio, solid ability to take criticism.
I mean depending on where this was they likely had to block off a portion of the road or sidewalk. I’m not justifying their response but if that is the case it makes sense. I mean if the dude just decided to get into the cherry picker and block off the road I can see him getting fired if he didn’t at least call it in and get permission first.
@George Feeny, again this is only if he didn’t get permission I am saying this as if he didn’t it makes sense to at least give him a slap on the wrist. Since had he gotten hurt the company would have been held accountable and if he had say dropped the cat the company would get all the bad press from it.
Totally could have spun that in their favor. Idiots.
If this is true I’m dropping Verizon.
Wow I will actually beat the shjt out of Verizon