This story is about Frankie, a hardworking engine tech in the boating industry, caught in a sweltering ordeal. Frankie’s struggle to stay cool saw him at odds with an unsympathetic manager who wasn’t going to let up. Let’s dive in to see how this clash of wills played out.
Frankie’s Interesting Job
Frankie had a rather interesting job as an engine tech and parts painter, covering quite a broad range of tasks. Now, the company Frankie worked for had been around for ages, and the building itself was even older.
Unfortunately, the heating system was trash and air conditioning was practically non-existent. To make matters worse, it was scorching hot outside.
He Has a Medical Condition
On this particular day, as the temperature soared in the building, Frankie started overheating at an alarming rate.
Due to a medical condition that prevented his body from regulating temperature effectively, he was at risk of passing out.
Thirsty for Relief
In dire need of some relief, Frankie decided to fetch a bottle of water from the fridge.
Little did he know, a run-in with one of the company’s managers, Kyle, was about to unfold. Kyle was relatively new and rough around the edges.
“If You Can Talk, Then You Can Work”
He had a mindset of “If you can talk, then you can work,” often dismissing people’s concerns regarding their personal health. Little did he know this mindset would get him into some hot water.
A Run-In With Kyle
Kyle, noticing Frankie’s departure, intervened with a questioning tone, “Where are you going?” Frankie, trying to explain his situation, responded, “I was only going to get some water.”
He Insisted That He Should Be Working
But Kyle was having none of it. He insisted that Frankie should be working and could get the water during the designated coffee break.
Frankie, struggling to convey the urgency of his predicament, pleaded, “I don’t think you understand that I can actually be in danger from this heat right now. So, could I please go get one bottle of water?”
Urgent Pleas Ignored
Yet Kyle remained firm, asserting, “No. You are not authorized to leave your work before the clock strikes. Now, shut up and get back to work.”
A Confrontation in Front of His Coworkers
This conversation took place in front of Frankie’s coworkers, setting the stage for what would come next – malicious compliance.
Pushing Himself to the Limit
Frankie begrudgingly returned to his duties but decided to make up for the lost time by working even harder.
He pushed himself to the limit, putting extra effort into his tasks, all the while knowing that his body was on the verge of shock, with heatstroke lurking just around the corner.
The Tipping Point
Around 30 minutes later, as Frankie’s breath became increasingly strained, he had to admit to his coworkers that he didn’t feel well.
To make matters worse, he was working on the deck of one of the boats, standing approximately 3 meters above the floor.
A Near-Death Experience
As he made his way toward the ladder to descend, he could only manage to mutter a strained, “Oh… No…” before tumbling off the back and hurtling toward the unforgiving concrete floor below!
Rescued in the Nick of Time
Fortunately, some quick-thinking coworkers reacted in the nick of time, catching Frankie before his head could meet the harsh embrace of the floor.
When Frankie regained consciousness, he found himself inside an ambulance, surrounded by EMTs who were diligently assessing his condition.
Meanwhile, his boss approached the ambulance, inquiring about what had transpired.
Frankie recounted the events precisely as they had happened, even suggesting his boss consult with his coworkers to verify his account.
Frankie was swiftly transported to the hospital for a thorough check-up to ensure he hadn’t suffered any serious injuries from the fall.
To accompany him and ensure his safe return, a supportive buddy tagged along. Several hours passed, and then Frankie’s buddy received a call. It was Kyle on the other end of the line, offering his apologies for nearly causing Frankie’s demise.
Kyle Faces the Music
As it turned out, Kyle faced severe consequences for his actions, receiving a hefty reprimand. Although he managed to retain his position, he was held accountable for the medical expenses related to Frankie’s situation.
He Couldn’t Resist Adding a Touch of Cheekiness
Frankie, with a forgiving nature, couldn’t resist adding a touch of cheekiness to the situation. Taking the phone from his buddy, he asked Kyle, “Am I authorized to get water next time?”
Frankie promptly reported the incident to OSHA, prompting them to launch an investigation into the matter.
OSHA’s Investigation Looms Over Kyle
With the weight of impending consequences hanging over Kyle’s head, it seemed that his week was about to become even more miserable.
Sadly, it seemed that Kyle had brought this upon himself. OSHA was sure to have a field day dissecting his actions and ensuring justice prevailed!
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