My Companies annual employee meeting.
My company had it's annual meeting yesterday, and we went over the usual stuff.
Here is the oddly humorous yet disturbing/annoying part.
At 7:30 am, we were informed that there was an incident at one of our job sites where a driver, who was irritated with the slow traffic on the highway and a closed exit ramp, opted to drive by the flagger through the coned off section to use the closed exit ramp.
Evidently the driver narrowly missed the flagger and got a traffic/criminal ticket along the lines of reckless endangerment.
We were informed that this driver is extremely upset about the whole incident and has made threats of retaliation against the company, ergo we were told to be cautious and extremely aware of anybody odd at this particular job site.
At 8:00 our safety manager gets up to make her speech about safety and workplace violence and our "No Weapons" policy. As usual, no guns, no knives (caveat - the smaller pocket knives are a tool unless the person with the knife has intent to cause harm :22a: ).
So, here we sit. Informed that there is some random guy who blames us for his stupidity, has made threats against us, and followed up with the policy that we are not allowed to have any weapons of any kind.
I am a mechanic. I carry nothing but tools, some of which are specialty tools that are intended for very specific uses (19mm fuel line socket, form bent wrench for 1 air compressor mounting bolt, sidearm :hand10: ), and Personal Protective Equipment - PPE (gloves, steel toe boots, safety glasses, brain bucket, sidearm...).
After that meeting, more than ever I have my personal justification for carrying at work and risking loss of my employment for violating company policy vs. my ability to defend myself while at work.
More often than not, I am working alone in an isolated area, and at this particular job site, at night. Let me think...Lower risk of being terminated...Ability to defend my self against threats against me...Hmmmm