Two days ago, this British gentleman, who is buying this stuff from our customer, told me that I can't bring the Russian interpreter into the PCR while power is on.
I gave him my classic, "are you retarded, or something?" look, and he said, "Well it's in case of an accident".
I wanted to say, "Well, she's in this office, right now, and the lights are on. Isn't she in mortal danger at this very moment? I mean, after all, she doesn't have a penis."
Instead, I said, "I've been doing this for 20 years, and she's no more likely to be the victim of any catastrophe than any of us. I would not have her in there while I was energizing the system, because I have seen 80 kilo breakers blow off of the wall, but once everything is online and stable, it's no more dangerous than being in this office."
He said, "Regardless, I'd appreciate it if you would keep her out of there unless there is no power on."
Ain't that just great. I'm supposed to teach Russian electricians how to operate and troubleshoot a system, but I can't bring her into the PCR at the only time when I can demonstrate how this stuff works.
Then there are those damned "reverse alarms" on forklifts, cranes, etc.
WTF is that about? If you can't tell you're about to be run over by heavy equipment, is a beeper really gonna save your ass?
The same guy came out and told me that I needed to be wearing my hardhat out on the yard.
I looked up at the clear blue sky, scanned it, and couldn't, for the life of me, determine what could possibly fall on my head from there.
I said, "Yeah, I reckon someone could throw a wrench from that derrick over there (200 meters away), and bean me right on my noggin'."
Sometimes it gets so damned stupid that I have to wonder how people can survive anymore.
We're actually training them to be stupid, so that if the reverse alarm fails on a crane, the dumb ****s will get run over, and their family will sue because the ****in' pager on the crane wasn't working.