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Are shadows an OH&S risk now?

By thatsnotme - 25 October 2010 14

beware the shadows

These signs have sprung up around the entrances to the new building at 121 Marcus Clarke St lately, and they’ve got me a little confused. 

All I can think is that either the building throws special shadows with enough mass to cause people to trip over, or there’s been a spate of people being followed very closely by strangers.

Are shadows a hazard now? 

Because if they are, we’re going to need a lot more signs.

What’s Your opinion?


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14 Responses to
Are shadows an OH&S risk now?
Gerry-Built 10:18 pm 25 Oct 10

caf said :

The have the opposite problem at a hotel in Vegas.

Damn – that’s equal parts scary and wildly funny… nice find!

Davo111 9:38 pm 25 Oct 10

i saw this when i was walking past (and laughed). Those steps a face exactly west (walk up the steps by heading east). Maybe that has something to do with it?

caf 3:05 pm 25 Oct 10
Muttsybignuts 1:05 pm 25 Oct 10

Well there was that episode of Dr Who where the shadows killed people…

davecdp 11:28 am 25 Oct 10

Funny, so now programmers (with $$ in their eyes) are franticly writing add-on’s to all major architectural design programs which show every possible shadow configuration vs trafficable area vs public liability payout…….

p1 11:24 am 25 Oct 10

Pommy bastard said :

If not, please book a place on either the three day or four day course.

Are there any places left on the yearly six hour refresher course?

…and is it held at a shadow proof location?

Pommy bastard 11:18 am 25 Oct 10

How long before we see the signs;

Have you done your mandatory “Stair Use” training yet?

If not, please book a place on either the three day or four day course.

Please do not attempt to climb stairs in this building if you have not been signed off by the Stairs supervisor as having done the training and been accredited.

Stairs inherently dangerous, management accept no responsibility for injury caused by incorrect use of stairs, use at your own risk.

SHADOWS MAY NOT BE WHAT THEY APPEAR TO BE. THIS IS A WARNING TO ALL STAFF!

Counseling sessions are available for those employees with stairs phobia, or any traumatic reaction caused by stairs.

thatsnotme 11:14 am 25 Oct 10

john87_no1 said :

False shadows being cast from the top step to the step below giving the impression that the step is closer to you than it is??

Around the back of the building maybe…but at the front, there are no steps at all…

Were they surprised to see that shadows are being created by the building? I’m imagining a meeting with the architects and the building owner, the owner outraged that nobody told them that this whole ‘shadowing’ phenomenom was occuring, and why didn’t anyone tell them that would happen?!

Gerry-Built 11:08 am 25 Oct 10

…is “shadowing” like “ghosting”? Ghosting is definately an OH&S issue…

john87_no1 10:53 am 25 Oct 10

False shadows being cast from the top step to the step below giving the impression that the step is closer to you than it is??

georgesgenitals 10:53 am 25 Oct 10

Postalgeek said :

Just don’t step on the cracks…

Especially people are sunbaking on their tummies…

Postalgeek 9:57 am 25 Oct 10

Just don’t step on the cracks…

p1 9:47 am 25 Oct 10

I recall once a long driveway at a caravan park where the owners had carefully built speed bumps exactly in the shadow cast by poplars in the late afternoon sun. Well signposted but almost impossible to see.

Gungahlin Al 9:31 am 25 Oct 10

Clearly it’s the Vasta Narada!

On a related topic, bifocal glasses are a major trip hazard too – according to the health report on Radio National recently.

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