7 Nov 2010

Oh, the irony

Still with the Diwali stupidity, today I observed the report of a safety officer burning to death  when his T-shirt caught fire in a bamboo bursting exercise.

For those of my readers who don’t know what bamboo bursting is, a short YouTube video can be seen here.

His friend, Anup Ramnanan, who was with Gueverro at the time, said it was the first time he has ever seen anything like what happened to Gueverro. "We were bursting bamboo around 7.30 p.m. on Wednesday and everybody was taking turns, when he told one of the younger guys, 'Let me teach you how to burst bamboo old-school.'"

Ramnanan said this was when the bamboo split and set the front of Gueverro's T-shirt alight. "He started running and we couldn't hold him. He ran into a neighbour's bathroom and when he turned on the shower there was no water, so he ran to another overhead tap and this is how he out the fire."

I guess the safety training/education he had didn’t include the stop, drop and roll technique.

Whilst I am sorry for any needless death, I can’t help notice the irony of a safety officer being the victim.