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Gas main rupture in Hume. Never a shortage of idiots with backhoes

By johnboy - 28 April 2012 21

A gas pipe has been breached by mechanical machinery at a work site at the southern end of Tralee Street, Hume.

ACT Fire & Rescue are currently on site, conducting atmospheric monitoring and are on stand-by for fire suppression should the gas ignite. There are currently nil health risks to persons in the surrounding area of Hume.

The source of the leak is in the process of being isolated and will be repaired by authorities responsible for the gas pipe infrastructure.

Road closures are in place at the intersection of Sawmill Circuit and Tralee Street, Hume.

[Courtesy ESA]

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Gas main rupture in Hume. Never a shortage of idiots with backhoes
justin heywood 10:03 pm 29 Apr 12

Holden Caulfield said :

What’s with all the sensitive backhoe operators in here, haha? Last one I used broke my phone connection between the telegraph pole and my house.

Twice.

Seems to me JB’s description is very apt.

Well I’m not a backhoe operator, nor particularly sensitive, but I have done quite a few blue collar jobs over the years. In my view, a lot of tradies are a lot more useful than most of the keyboard jockeys in my white collar world.

When the shite hits the fan, who would you rather have with you – someone who can physically do things, or someone who writes a good report?

dvaey 7:09 pm 29 Apr 12

fabforty said :

What happened to “Dial Before You Dig” ?

Its now a website which provides graphical representations of the underground dangers, not even a ‘dial’ service anymore. There really is no excuse, especially when the operator should have had training in how to avoid these problems (ie. looking for the marker tape, testing the ground first, DBYD, etc).

Holden Caulfield 6:46 pm 29 Apr 12

What’s with all the sensitive backhoe operators in here, haha? Last one I used broke my phone connection between the telegraph pole and my house.

Twice.

Seems to me JB’s description is very apt.

johnboy 5:57 pm 29 Apr 12

Well the day I break major public infrastructure I’ll be glad of the tuition.

justin heywood 5:12 pm 29 Apr 12

Perhaps ‘the idiot’ could drop by your office Johnboy, and you could explain to him how you would do things?

Who knows? He might be able to lift a few of those chips off your shoulders.

fabforty 4:43 pm 29 Apr 12

What happened to “Dial Before You Dig” ?

milkman 4:38 pm 29 Apr 12

All backhoe operators should be given honourary doctorates.

poetix 2:39 pm 29 Apr 12

Duffbowl said :

johnboy said :

idiots with computers controlling armed drones are comparatively rare.

Rare compared to the general population, or rare compared to the military organisation they work within?

Or rare in relation to the people they render well-done?

johnboy 2:21 pm 29 Apr 12

speaking entirely in comparison to the general population

Duffbowl 2:13 pm 29 Apr 12

johnboy said :

idiots with computers controlling armed drones are comparatively rare.

Rare compared to the general population, or rare compared to the military organisation they work within?

johnboy 2:09 pm 29 Apr 12

idiots with computers controlling armed drones are comparatively rare.

poetix 1:52 pm 29 Apr 12

johnboy said :

idiots with computers rarely threaten to explode industrial precincts

American military excepted, of course.

screaming banshee 12:40 pm 29 Apr 12

To be fair, natural gas is reticulated at relatively low pressures and dissipates very quickly so while a localised flame up is possible, exploding an industrial precinct….not so much.

johnboy 12:17 pm 29 Apr 12

idiots with computers rarely threaten to explode industrial precincts

Sigma 11:53 am 29 Apr 12

There is never a shortage of idiots with a computer either.

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