Originally Posted by notmyrealname4 View Post
The people that make the wheels go around in no particular order:
farming (at all levels)
trash collection and disposal (I've lived in a country where the trash collectors go on strike; unbelievable how quickly you get rats)
water sanitation and sewage disposal ( a big part of of the reason why our lifespans have increased)
construction workers (it's nice to have houses to live in and roads to drive on)
energy production---from coal miners to nuclear engineers
All work is necessary; but some of it is a lot more necessary.
Computers won't "go away", but we got along okay without them; I don't think they should disappear. But I think it's wrong to rely on them too much.
There seems to be an attitude of disdain on this thread for people who do gritty, "dirty" work. At the same time, a "woe is us" attitude about men being "feminized" and losing their grip strength.
I've worked in manufacturing plants (mostly food). A lot of the pain to the body comes from the fact that there is very little effort put into aiding these folks to do the jobs.
A station where cardboard boxes are being thrown together (in seconds), is not physically high enough, so that most of us were hunched over; the pain to your back and neck comes from holding that posture for hours. But if those workplaces were ergonomically designed for the good of the human workers, I guarantee you the wear and tear on our bodies would be greatly reduced.
Since manufacturing workers are considered low, despised because they don't have a college education; ensuring their physical comfort and safety is not seen as necessary. There is a sky high turnover rate at such places.
The sign at the time clock that boasts "--- days since last workplace accident", is a good idea. But as someone up thread said about farmers missing knuckles, it's different once the line is moving and there is pressure to be as fast as possible. IOW, a lot of the safety doctrine is just words. The real truth is you are supposed to go as fast as possible, and if that means sticking your finger in real fast to grab at something before turning something off.......
If we valued manufacturing, and sought it's healthy return to our country; that might change. Health, safety, comfortable working conditions---even for the grunts on the bottom. What a concept.
Of course, we don't have much of a manufacturing base left....that's another issue of course.
What's wrong with a man "bun"? A guy with long hair, pulls it off his face, twists it and secures it on top of his head. Whoopdee****ingdo.
I so want to give this 1000 likes. You have read my mind, right up to the man bun point. Sorry it is a deep prejudice on my part.
I posted about farmers loosing knuckles. I still remember going to shake hands with a hard man who was polite enough to come and introduce himself to a lowly teenage shovel pusher. He showed good manners. Then I nearly panicked realising he was missing part of his hand, and how could I shake his hand, and did it show on my face. To me his gesture of coming to shake my hand even when he had a damaged hand meant so much. It also left me determined to do everything I could to keep all digits attached.
Luckily I became an office worker, but even there I still found issues. My job included managing a mechanical printer, which came with a warning to take off your tie before opening the cover. If your tie caught it could choke you or break your neck. But no-one in the office warned me or even showed me the manual.
I wish industrial accidents were investigated as thoroughly as road accidents. And places with too many accidents should see the managers charged.
One of my office tasks was to assess the ergonomics of new computer workstations. When I told my mother about this she needed me to describe ergonomics. She had worked for years in a food factory but the ergonomics there had never been assessed.