James O'Neill's Blog

April 4, 2008

Who says health and safety people have no sense of humour ?

Filed under: General musings,Working at Microsoft — jamesone111 @ 3:36 pm

This from a colleague who says her team’s blog is far to serious for this kind of Friday afternoon frivolity.

I was walking through [Microsoft UK Building 5]  lobby and saw one of our maintenance guys putting up a display box with a sword in it. I stopped and asked him about it. It is an award from the British Safety Council and what’s more, the display box they supplied was not up to standard and had to be modified so it wouldn’t fall down and hurt someone. I would have loved to have been at the meeting when they decided what the award should be. I imagine it went something like this:

Bob the H&S guy:             Let’s commission a plaque made of a soft, flexible material with rounded edges: it will be really safe and reinforce our message.

Max the marketer:          Nah, let’s give ‘em a sharp sword in a dangerous box

This post originally appeared on my technet blog.

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