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  1. Hi! I'm just very relieved not to lose my job from this incident – trying to get another Electronics job that pays my current salary that's not hundreds of miles away is a next to impossible task at my age!
  2. Hi! Just an update on this! A different manager to the one that called my disciplinary warning heard my case on Tuesday and today and after considering the matter with H.R., it was agreed that the incident was an accident, but that I was at fault for putting my soldering iron stand in a dubious position where it could cause damage if it fell out of it's stand! The sanction I received was a written warning which they assured as counted as "first", and would be disregarded in 12 months subject to no further disciplinary offences, and that they want me to stay
  3. PS! As well as making sure the cabinet power lamps are out before I leave, I also make sure any Customer's PCBs, etc., being worked on are safely positioned in the centre of the bench as far as possible and that no soldering irons, etc., are left too close to them, in the engineer who sits on the adjacent bench behind me knocks anything on my bench by accident! As I said in my first post I was astonished and mortified when I was shown the accident at 6 am Wednesday by the shift manager – there is another colleague on the group of four benches next to me but he is on the
  4. Hi! Yes, there are large power indicator lamps fitted to the top of the control cabinet and I always glance up to make sure both of them are out before I leave the employer's premises every day. Since the employer introduced the Covid precautions, I have been taking my tools home every day, so I can't be accused of "spreading unknown germs or contamination" (most of my colleagues leave than on or near their benches), and I do look to make sure my soldering iron is safely in it's stand. It's only quite recently I started taking my toolbox back into work and o
  5. Hi! This manager IS supposed (or at least claims to be!) H & S competent, yet he also accused me of leaving a deliberate shock hazard – I disputed this because the supply is totally isolated from earth, surely he ought to know this? This same manager regularly reads myself and other colleagues the riot act about "performance and warranties" (returned repairs that fail to perform to customers expectations) – he has NO experience in the field of work we do, and the nature of the work is industrials which cannot be bench–tested for functional operation, all we can do i
  6. Hi! The only proof they showed me were pictures of the damage that occurred to the socket, nothing else. They did acknowledge that the power to the benches was found to be turned off at the time they became aware of the incident. My manager called me upstairs, showed me photos of the damage, and simply said "I want to know your account of how this occurred". I have had no disciplinary warnings on my record to my belief, certainly none in the past two years.
  7. PS! No safety training on the use of soldering irons and where to use/place them is given whatsoever – apart from the usual instructions supplied with new ones, and ours are refurbished secondhand ones! I have been grumbled at about "too many screwdrivers on the bench", but you need at least four for all the screws in Electronics equipment, as I said there are no rules, guidance or training given, you're in an uncontrolled working environment as you quite correctly state! The only official training given is electrical shock precautions, and in 40 years exper
  8. Hi! My employer isn't unionised and none of the engineers are in one out of a fear culture I suspect! I have already moved the stand and got out less personal tools (no hand tools are supplied, engineers are expected to provide their own with no guidance as to how many and what form). The only reference I made to the employer's C.V. precautions was to state that we were under strong managerial pressure not to be in the building at shift end times, and I am liable to get engrossed in my work as a result of a desire to do a good job of it, and therefore didn't
  9. Hi! I am 59 now and have worked in Electronics repair all my working life. Due to the Coronavirus nonsense, my employer has gone over to a two shift system, with the engineers (there are 46) split into Team A and Team B. I work on a bench at near the back of the workshop, with one other employee who is team A and I am Team B, and the remaining two benches are setup for testing with no permanent employee stationed there. Because of the Covid 19 nonsense we are placed under quite strong managerial pressure to vacate the building at shift end times, and I
  10. PS! Advice is always given here on moving vehicles out of sight of bailiffs, etc., I am in a multi-occupied property with public-parking round the back and the roadside but NO locked garages - can anyone suggest a minimum safe distance away bailiffs not bother looking into from known experience or knowledge of them please?
  11. AH - That might explain why it's taken 8 months before I heard anything about it! Walsall Council have been aware for a long time that this property was in a ruinous condition - I only discovered yesterday that there's a "Class G Exemption" for unfit properties - I didn't know about this or I could have applied for it and possibly had my CT liability totally cancelled - the LL lad constantly refused to carry out the repairs or reinstate the stolen service installations! I'll sort out my Tenancy Agreement for where I am now and take it to 'em at Darnall St. in the morning!
  12. I sent B & S an offer of £100.00 a month via the automated system which not surprisingly turned it down, replacing it with a revised offer of £196 over six months and the first payment of £196 on the 27th which I can't afford as my rent and DDs go out on the 1st April and I would be left with not enough to get to work which is 30 miles away! It is very likely I'll have to carry on going to work on public transport - attempted repairs to my car have so far proved unsuccessful and I've 13 days of fares to find totalling £175 before my next pay-day on the 15th April. Is there
  13. Hi! I've re-checked the N.O.E., the Liability Order it refers to is dated 16 July 2015 so presumably it refers to the 2014/2015 Council Tax Year! However I only received B & S letter dated 16 March 2016 last Friday the 18th - am I still in time to stay off bailiff visit if I email B & S this morning with a more affordable payment offer of £100/month and are they likely to refuse it? I have sent, once again, details of the date I moved out of the un-inhabitable Willenhall property to Walsall Council via their contact form provided on their website - I was unable
  14. PS! I've had another look at B & S's letter and it DOES NOT state what financial year they are trying to enforce on - does this matter? They state "Debt to Walsall Council £868.00, 1st Stage compliance Fee £75.00, total Debt £1178.90, leaving £235.10 not specifically mentioned.
  15. Hi! Would a copy of the Tenancy Agreement for my current place in Telford serve for this? I no longer possess means of entering the derelict property in Willenhall as the locks have been changed.
  16. Hi! I was living in a two-bedroomed property in the Willenhall area of Walsall that was totally unfit for human habitation - there was no electricity or gas as the previous installations had been thieved and trashed and eventually I had to move out in May last year as I had had enough, and as well as that I was constantly being called into my manager's office with complaints about personal cleanliness, etc., because I could no longer care for myself properly. (I no longer work for the firm concerned in that.) I sent a letter to Walsall Council advising them I had moved
  17. Hi! 7-Zip will serve your need and its truly Open-Source Freeware - takes a little while to get to know it's interface tho! 32-bit [url=]http://www.7-zip.org/a/7z1510-x64.exe 64 bit Right-click "My Computer" then "Properties" - the General Properties page should display wether your Windows is 32 or 64 bit type - ensure you download the correct version for the Windows you have! Hope this helps!
  18. Hi! If anyone could assist me with this I'd be ever so grateful! I have an enormous number of cds & dvds of archived stuff as well as (unfortunately!) an untidy filing system on many old HDDs, so what I'm looking for is a *Freeware* (i.e, not trial or one with 'pro' features you've to pay for etc.) Directory Printer Utility that prints in a neat format (*not a plain text only one!*):- 1) Folder Size & Name, Date Created/Modified; 2) File size & Name, Date Created/Modified; 3) A colour icon for each type of list entry - having the icon assists me in sorting
  19. Hi! Excellent! TfL have accepted an "Out Of Court Settlement/PF" from your son and that will end the matter! (Mods, another happy result that can be closed now if desired me thinks!) Chris Williams
  20. Hi! I thought I'd use CAG for this one as it's not infested with so much spam and rubbish as the PC help forums! I have a very old PC which I cannot afford to replace as I'm out of work at the moment! Spec:- M/B Asus A7V-600X with 2.1 GHz Athlon CPU; RAM 1.5GB DDR II type; Graphics GeForce FX5500 On-board AC97 Sound 145 GB HDD 16X DVD-RW Multi-drive & 48X CD-RW Optical drives, both IDE I am running Windows 7 Pro at the moment with Google Chrome 26.0.1410.5, and any more recent version refuses to install with an error message "your PC hardware is not suppo
  21. Hi! As there was some confusion in a recent Oyster Card thread as to whether a prosecution notice came from TfL or a Court, it's useful to be aware that TfL have a fixed "House Style" for all letters and correspondence, and anything *Directly* from TfL themselves will be written in a distinctive typeface called New Johnston - the same style of lettering you see used on all signage, posters, leaflets and publicity material. Compare the lettering of anything received with something like a map or leaflet from a Tube Station, etc., if the lettering is identical then it *IS* T
  22. Hi! This obviously was not fare evasion - just an unintentional mistake made in a hurry! Was the ticket confiscated by the inspector? I think you will by now be required to pay the Penalty Fare, but once paid you might be in a better position to appeal it - If you still have the ticket, take a colour picture of it with your smartphone, and enclose a printout of the ticket picture in an apologetic letter asking for a second appeal.
  23. Hi! Member Firstclassx's advice is spot-on! I know from personal experience of myself at that age it can be extremely upsetting to find yourself on the wrong side of officialdom even if you think you've only made a minor mistake and/or one that doesn't matter! Your son *MUST*, as soon as he feels composed enough, write a letter to TfL explaining he was so upset and flustered that he gave his address incorrectly in error, state the correct details on the letter and that he is sincerely sorry! *DON'T* add anything else to it, once the letter has been posted *WAIT* for further
  24. Hi! Member FitzWilliam, I admire you for your supreme efforts in holding your head up against one of the most bullying, un-supportive, selfish and self-opinionated organisations/quangos we have ever had to suffer in living memory, namely the dwp!!! (They don't even deserve capital letters!!!!) Altho' I have never had the need to use Alton, Totton or Basingstoke job-centres, reading your story suggests this vicious and spiteful dwp employee and former guard sounds just like the sort of person to take one look at me and accuse me of goodness-knows-what! Kudos also goes to that exc
  25. Hi! As I suggested in my reply to Member Lowhaugh, Download and install the "Tfl Travel Oyster App" onto your smartfone, wave the card that's in dispute over the 'fone, then take a clear colour pic of the balance and Journey-Log recorded from it and print this out on a colour printer. Next, ask for TfL's Penalty Fare Appeal paperwork or download this if you've online access, fill this in and send the completed paperwork to the Appeal Office's address with your Oyster printout. I think all Oysters have a unique ID/Serial No, so the Appeals Office should be able to match your pape
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