An OH&S nightmare
So unless you’ve been hiding under a rock for the past couple of days, then you probably know that Melbourne has been experiencing some pretty crazy weather. Flash floods have been raging on all around us for days, clogging drains and creating puddles too wide to leap over. But that’s not the only thing they’ve been doing. In a city that’s been as dry as Melbourne for this long, when it rains this heavily, there’s bound to be a little bit of havoc wrecked. Apparently, my school was not quite strong enough to stand against the full force of the storm.
While we were sitting there in homeroom this morning, the wing and the rain howling around outside, the roof began to drip. It’s an old building, and it hasn’t been renovated since the seventies, but when Claire McDuff started to get dripped on during a class, there was a moment of confusion. In our hesitation, we watched as the roof began to collapse, running for cover as plaster dusted down from the ceiling in large slabs.
Even though I’m trying to relate this pretty calmly, at the time I was in full panic mode. It was only afterwards that we found out the school had neglected getting roofing repairs done until Melbourne holidays, but it was too late for that. Only a week out, the rain had destroyed their plans and created one heck of a PR / OH&S problem. I definitely don’t envy head office trying to clear up that mess. What’s even worse, though, was that they’d noticed the leaking roof, but repairs in Melbourne have to be done during the week, when the classroom needed to be in use. They knew there was a problem and they’d ignored it! Personally, I think it’s all pretty hilarious, but I did really appreciate getting the rest of the day off school.