Responsibilities II – February 12, 2021

Constable is a good man. He brings sense of responsibility to his work, very sincerely wishing to help people.  We are to him, surely, a remote and tedious outpost.  As Foundry Manager, it was my responsibility to meet him when tragedy brought him here officially one afternoon.

“Constable Beechard, we have experienced a most unfortunate happening.”

“So I have been told, Mr. Bansu.  What exactly happened?”

“Jameel, operating the large crane, was about the third trip of the day into the big furnace.  As his eyes watching clearances, Kamil was distracted, bumped the chainfall and fell from the catwalk into the pit and his death.”

“He fell into the furnace?”

“No.  The fall is twenty feet and many obstructions like spears are between the catwalk and the pit floor.”

“I need to see.”

“I will take you.  Work has stopped.”

“So, Jameel, you were moving the crane toward the furnace?”

“That is my responsibility, Constable.  Back and forth.”

“What did Kamil do?”

“His responsibility was to assure the crane hit nothing.”

“He was on the catwalk?”

“Yes. Kamil did not warn the crane was too close.  I saw.  I yelled, ‘Watch out!’  It was too late.”

“The crane continued?”

“The crane responds slowly. I could not stop it in time. Kamil walked into the chainfall.”

“And fell to his death?”

“Sadly, sir, yes.”

Jameel dealt with himself.  Constable made a thorough inspection. Descending into the pit was itself dangerous.  I explained to Constable that suddenly stopping the large crane is not possible.  Momentum, inertia, leaves the chainfall and load to sway uncontrollably. I demonstrated for our Constable.  He understood perfectly.

One does not answer Constable’s unasked questions.  Does Constable understand the lifelong responsibility Jameel now feels to Kamil’s family?  Especially to his children? The same responsibility I feel?

© SP Wilcenski 2021

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Retired career IT software engineer, or as we were called in the old days, programmer, it's time to empty my file cabinet of all the "creative" writing accumulated over the years - toss most of it, salvage and publish what is worthwhile.

14 thoughts on “Responsibilities II – February 12, 2021

      1. Dauphy! Dauphy! Look in on Hobbo. I suspect he’s missing tea or something. Maybe a biscuit. (Grab one for yourself, No one looking.) But settle the man down. We kinda depend on him out here for our daily dose. Can’t expect Bumper to pull the wagon by himself. Good boy!

    1. “Crane” – a large machine for moving heavy objects usually made up of a tower, a long arm, a hoisting mechanism (and commonly) a railed linear transport mechanism. Seen often loading/unloading ships, building sky scrapers, or in heavy steel operations. Comprender?

    2. Hobbo (among others) and I love to beat each other about the ears with alternate meanings, variant interpretations, and other lexicographic tomfoolery. Pardon us. But we likely won’t stop. Maybe best to ignore us. English is such a stupid language. As a rule it doesn’t even assign gender to such as tables, books and so on.

      1. You’re right, no genders, in Castilian Spanish there is no “it”, everything is a “he” or a “she”. My wife is learning and having a hard time with that so she’s asked me why I could only say that we like to make it hard on people to learn our language and there’s another thing, we’ve two forms of the verb “to be”!

    3. But you are correct. A crane can be a stork-like or flamingo-like bird. I think owls evolved into bird storks after observing construction cranes at work. How cool is that?

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