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    1970s Health and Safety

    This is hard to watch! Fair play to John Noakes for going along with it.

    Different world back then.

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    I can’t watch it or I will have nightmares,fair play to him.

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    I recall watching that when it was broadcast. Gave me the willies.

    I seem to remember he was usually up to some hair raising item.

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    My hands went clammy just watching that


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    I remember this at the time, pretty scary stuff with a ladder tied to the column and no safety ropes! One slip and you’re dead. And the cameraman did it too, presumably carrying the camera.
    And those flares would be ‘dangerous’ anywhere 😂
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    Quote Originally Posted by oldoakknives View Post
    I remember this at the time, pretty scary stuff with a ladder tied to the column and no safety ropes! One slip and you’re dead. And the cameraman did it too, presumably carrying the camera.
    And those flares would be ‘dangerous’ anywhere 
    Yes slips trips & falls, those flares weren't even tucked in, brave lad

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    I don't mind heights generally, but watching that made me feel quite squiffy.

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    Reminds me of Fred Dibnah and his exploits!

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    That nuts. Hard to watch.

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    I still can’t watch it, pretty sure the BBC hadn't even insure him that day.

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    I never get tired of watching this clip. Nobody has mentioned his watch yet. Any idea what it is? There is a good glimpse of it at 7.46.
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    Shiny shoes & flares, hero status!

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    No rubber gloves when handling pigeon faeces…. Pfft

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    Quote Originally Posted by Velorum View Post
    I recall watching that when it was broadcast. Gave me the willies.

    I seem to remember he was usually up to some hair raising item.
    I watched it too. Do you remember the one where he attempted to be a button boy (see below)? If I recall correctly he ran out of puff before he got to the top.


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    I'll just leave this here......


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    Quote Originally Posted by relaxer7 View Post
    Reminds me of Fred Dibnah and his exploits!

    That really was no fu....ks given !

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    Quote Originally Posted by watchcollector1 View Post
    This is hard to watch! Fair play to John Noakes for going along with it.

    Different world back then.

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    How we've went from that, and stuff like that was done by your average guy every day to the snowflake generation in such a short space of time I'll never know.

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    To be fair, life expectancy for the average bloke then was 68 in the UK and now it’s close to 80.

    I remember watching that sequence as well. I more alarmed by it now.

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    Life expectancy today isn't down to what people did for a living, more to do with better diet, not as many folk smoking and such. Still places where I grew up where life expectancy for males is in the 50's

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    Quote Originally Posted by Speedyexplorer View Post
    How we've went from that, and stuff like that was done by your average guy every day to the snowflake generation in such a short space of time I'll never know.
    As compelling as this video is it's certainly not a great advert for the past. 4 guys needlessly risking their lives ultimately to save someone more senior paying for proper training and safety equipment.

    Yes Health and Safety can go too far now but I'd rather that than Aberfan, Hillsborough, the Bradford City fire, The Herald of Free Enterprise, Formula 1 drivers expected to die for our entertainment, etc. These are the kind of outcomes that inevitably result from such a lax attitude to safety.
    Last edited by watchcollector1; 13th June 2019 at 01:56.

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    Quote Originally Posted by watchcollector1 View Post
    As compelling as this video is it's certainly not a great advert for the past. 4 guys needlessly risking their lives ultimately to save someone more senior paying for proper training and safety equipment.
    Whilst one can respect the balls of steel required I agree that it's a good film to show how far we've come and shows that not everything is elf and safety gawn mad. I also enjoyed the fact that I could see the window of my old office in the film - if I had been working there in 1977 I could have waved at them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Speedyexplorer View Post
    Life expectancy today isn't down to what people did for a living, more to do with better diet, not as many folk smoking and such. Still places where I grew up where life expectancy for males is in the 50's
    People are a lot fatter these days too and jobs are more sedentary.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wolfie View Post
    No rubber gloves when handling pigeon faeces…. Pfft
    No, but he did have a fag on, so everything was OK...

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    Yeah I remember that too. I'm watching it with fresh eyes now. In the 90's I was heavily into caving and did a lot of rope work. Just about every single thing they are doing is downright suicidal! I love the way he's only roped in when he gets to the top.

    Good old Noaksey, much missed.


    Someone mentioned Fred Dibnah. Another great Englishman. There's a fantastic story from Fred's early years where, under cover of darkness he carried a dummy up one of the local chimneys and left it sat on the top. Apparently it took the emergency services several days to retrieve what they thought was a suicidal man.

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    I saw this video the other day and thought it was bad but this is on another level.

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=NkImgQPJqdk

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    Quote Originally Posted by estoban7 View Post
    Nobody has mentioned his watch yet. Any idea what it is? There is a good glimpse of it at 7.46.
    I was wondering the same. It has a very 70s look about it.

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    This is the best screen shot I could get.



    Recent forum history suggests it will turn out to be a Smiths or a Rolex.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Speedyexplorer View Post
    How we've went from that, and stuff like that was done by your average guy every day to the snowflake generation in such a short space of time I'll never know.
    You can’t even send kids up chimneys these days FFS

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr Curta View Post
    You can’t even send kids up chimneys these days FFS
    I know it's difficult to find ones thin enough right, childhood obesitys a terrible thing.

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