A tale I heard
Comedian Frank Skinner on his first ever job:
“I was expelled from school and my first job was for Hughes-Johnson’s Stampings, a drop-forgings firm where massive hammers banged red-hot pieces of metal into shape. Although I spent some time on the factory floor, I was mainly in the drawing office, which was a lot safer, and my first wage was £6.40.
The thing I remember most was a huge pile of ear protectors and hard hats. Our health and safety officer came in and said: “I can’t believe what’s going on here, nobody wears them!” Everybody had two or three fingers missing, was deaf and shouted at each other. I thought it was because of the noise of the hammers but when I went to the pub at lunchtime they were still all shouting at each other.”