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To think people have no common sense, weather and roofs.

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MsJamieFraser Sat 05-Dec-15 17:03:28

been helping family today who have external contracts with council and housing associations, and also run their own successful business along side this.

Roof repairs understandably have been quite literally through the roofs, however with winds in this region going to as much as 35mph, they still expect the tradesman to go out and fix there roofs NOW!

In trying to tell them that due to health and safety its not possible for them to go out and repair roofs today, however if and when the winds calm, then they would get out, to the roof repairs.

They have went out and helped all who has called them in doing their best to make properties water proof and even going out with hand saws to cut down fallen trees and fences and even helping the fire brigade on 101 calls, they are doing the best they can in horrible weather conditions. Most council and associations are on limited weekday staffing, and even then they cannot physically get up on the roofs as its too dangerous.

However they have been called all sorts, been physically pushed and verbally abused when attending calls, been told they are going to slate their business publicly as they have left them with holes in their roofs etc... and no way can they have holes in their roof until the weather calms down.

I understand its stressful, however do people honestly expect trademan to endanger their lives to fix their roofs.

My poor uncles and cousins have been working since 4pm yesterday evening and are still working now.

I can post a video to this page, so you can see the wind they are dealing with, its bloody horrific here.

Sorry for the rant, I am just astounded what they and the emergency services are dealing with today, one tradesman came into the office to bandage himself up after a fence came back on his leg and tore it badly in trying to make the fence safe, as it fell over on a public walkway, the owner of the property was verbally abusing him as he could not fix his fence. hmm

I know council and associations and tradesman get slated at times, however please mind that in these weather conditions, they cannot risk their own lives to get a repair done.

MsJamieFraser Sat 05-Dec-15 17:04:37

limited weekend

IrisVillarca Sat 05-Dec-15 17:08:08

Some people are really thick, aren't they?
A lot of damage to roofing and fences is because it has not been properly maintained (yes, been guilty of that blush ). So you make the best of it until someone can repair it safely.

WorraLiberty Sat 05-Dec-15 17:09:59


My neighbour is currently up a ladder, hanging his Christmas lights.

We've got 35mph gusts at the moment.

MsJamieFraser Sat 05-Dec-15 17:12:45

worra shock

Pipestheghost Sat 05-Dec-15 17:17:05

Yanbu, working with the public, and their expectation that everything can be achieved in an instant, is a pain in the rear.

MsJamieFraser Sat 05-Dec-15 17:38:39

The amount of people today who have said well I pay my rent hmm or I will add £20 to the repair cost if you can repair it today... has just been staggering.

I had an utter bell end on the phone screaming at me that his property is not water tight, I said I understood however currently due to health and safety we could not risk the tradesmen in these weather conditions, he told me to FUCK off and was I a qualified roofer... because if not I could stick a tile up my "fanny"

I terminated the call.

Awoof Sat 05-Dec-15 17:41:15

Yanbu. 80 mph here on the coast and people are complaining no one will come and help

Redglitter Sat 05-Dec-15 17:42:06

The ones that drove me nuts today were the ones through a river/puddle get stuck then phone 101 for help. Uh huh exactly WHAT do you expect the police to do

MsJamieFraser Sat 05-Dec-15 17:49:01

what exactly did they phone 101? they need to get out and walk...

Where about are you Awoof 80mph shock

megletthesecond Sat 05-Dec-15 17:51:58

Yanbu. It's like the idiots who ignored severe snow warnings a few years ago and were shocked when they got stuck in traffic jams for 6hrs. yes, daft ex manager I'm looking at you

Severe weather warnings aren't to be messed with. The emergency services have got enough to do without people intentionally putting themselves in harms way.

Awoof Sat 05-Dec-15 18:19:41

Snowdonia ish- kind of between there and the sea grin

It's been like this for 3 weeks sad

Awoof Sat 05-Dec-15 18:20:59

To give some context of the wind strength here in Wales, my neighbours wheelie bin took flight last night and hit the house opposite!

MsJamieFraser Sat 05-Dec-15 18:38:56

we now have power cuts, next village power has went off completely...

uncle has phoned to ask if dh can go and help him with a tree that has come out from the roots... he used to be a tree surgeon (Masters degree) so dh is putting his arbo gear on and going to help a elderly man have access to his property.

Bloody hell Awoof, hopefully soon hurricane D will piss off soon.

Awoof Sat 05-Dec-15 20:26:03

Ah thanks smile hope your family are all ok!

Foslady Sat 05-Dec-15 20:31:03

Good luck - I feel your pain.....used to man the phones at a HA Contact Centre, amazing what language some people can come out with when you tell them that you'll repair as soon as it's safe to be up a ladder (but in a nicer way than that).......

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