The best funny stories from the trade!
Technicians, plumbers, carpenters, chimney sweeps… whichever trade you’re skilled in, we know that no day at work is ever the same as the last! Whether you’ve been working in your trade for 2 years or 20 years, most of us have a funny story to tell, so we tasked tradesmen (and women) across the world to share their experiences with us.
From health and safety hazards to harmless pranks, here are the result…
A health and safety nightmare
“So, my story is a funny one… I was an apprentice a few years back and all I remember was that despite the current age of PC culture, they still insisted on treating me like one of the old school apprentices. Eventually we started to butt heads as it was just getting ridiculous, and they would start hanging my employment over my head like I was a donkey, and my employment was the carrot and stick!
“One day, I was up on the roof of a toilet block in a half-built warehouse, installing an air-conditioning unit, and there was very little foot space available. The old school plumber I was working with asked me to climb a ladder to do some higher up work, which mean I would be 7 foot up on this small toilet block. However, due to the lack of room available to put any weight on, the ladder ended up being so close to the wall that it was at about 70 degrees, which is nearly straight up.
“I just looked at how unsafe it was and said, "No”. I knew that WHEN it fell over, I wouldn't be falling down the 7 foot – it would be around a 2-story fall instead.His response was, "Well, then you're fired", so I said, "Fine,I'd prefer to stay alive, anyway". He was literally stunned by the response (somehow!), and you could see his brain slowly working out everything.Eventually he offered a safe half second solution, that would mean I wouldn't be dying that day... it only it took him about 30 seconds.
“So, I'm glad to report that I am still alive and well, and that that was still my last day with them. Nobody should be putting up with that rubbish.”
- Mick, The Handyman Co
Too close for comfort
“I’m the marketing manager for Glenco, a trade service company that has been operating all over Sydney since 1988. We specialise in electrical appliances, air conditioning, and security and alarms. We currently have a team of 30 tradespeople working for us, and there are numerous stories we can share.
“One example would be the prank we pulled on one of our first-year apprentices.It was his first week on the job and he came into our office for his induction into the company. We gave him all the paperwork to fill out and all the info he would need whilst working for Glenco. We also told him he would be with Michael for the week, who is one of our senior electricians. We told him that Michael really likes it when his apprentice follows him around really closely. Like, REALLY closely. We told him not to dare leave his side and watch his every move closely.
“At the end of the week, we asked Michael what he thought of the new apprentice. He said, “We need to get rid of the bloke - he's creepy and stands way too close to you, to the point where it's awkward!” We all cracked up laughing and finally told the apprentice how he'd been led astray.”
- Lara, Marketing Manager at Glenco
Plenty of awkward situations
“I’m a landscaper with over 20 years’ experience of working on construction sites in both Sydney and London. So, as you can imagine I’ve got loads of stories!
“One example is my hardest day of work. This was when my labourer nicked off at 3pm on a Friday, leaving me to move 2 tonnes of wet bagged sand through the first floor of a house all by myself (sand was blocking a road in London…). Needless to say, I sacked him on the Monday.
“Or there’s that time a client rang me because a colleague had done something in his garden… (you can probably guess what that was…). Similarly, another time, I had to have a word with one of my managers due to their bad BO.
“There’s also all those years when there was no female toilet, so I had to drive to the nearest public toilet... I didn’t think anything of it at the time, but it was a real pain.”
- AnnaTurner, Gauge PM
Noodles in the photocopier
“My husband is a Senior Technician who fixes photocopiers for our business, Effective Office Solutions Pty Ltd. We run the business together, however, some of the funniest things my husband has come across, is when one of our customers lost a chopstick inside the photocopier while trying to remove a paper jam.
“My husband politely explained that there are no noodles inside this machine and in future, she may want to call the technician before attempting any recoveries!”
- Julia, FixMy Photocopier