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Tuesday, 29 January 2013
Who needs safety equipment
During the last ten days, here in the
Costa Blanca, and many other regions of Spain, we have experienced
many extended times of very fast, strong, property damaging winds of
between 70 km/h and 115 km/h.
It was during the morning of Saturday
19th January that three of the roof ridge tiles on our
highest roof were picked up by the wind and thrown into the adjoining
community swimming pool area. There wasn't any danger at the time to
any of our neighbours as none of them are daft enough to be swimming
in the near freezing water.
I initiated a claim with our property
insurance company three days later on the Tuesday morning. If you
read my article 'Three hours delay' you'll understand why I didn't
have time to report it on the Monday. The insurance surveyor visited
us on Wednesday; during another period of forceful winds; took a
couple of photographs and agreed the claim.
Yesterday morning, as arranged
previously, the insurance company's builders arrived to replace the
missing tiles. They couldn't carry out the work for three reasons.
Firstly, they had brought sapphire ridge tiles and ours are emerald;
secondly, the brutish winds had increased the total number of missing
tiles to four and they only had three; thirdly, another period of
strong winds meant it was too dangerous for the safety conscious
Spanish worker to be on the roof.
Today we have a cloudless azure sky,
radiant sunshine and calm air.
The builders returned with the correct
number and colour of roof tiles. Within an hour their work was
completed. The new tiles were installed, loose tiles were rebedded on
Ridge tiles were missing from the rear right corner of the emerald roof
Considering that the roof on which the
repair was carried out on is three storeys high, approximately 15 metres above ground
level it was assuring to see that full safety precautions were
paramount in the Spanish workman's mind. Who needs safety equipment,
when your working on the edge of a sheer drop?