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Working on a laege housing development in Bath I was just 16, chap I was working with was a bit of a loose cannon, you didn't mess with Terry.
Any how we used to run cables down cavities in those days, we had finished wiring this particular house, and we had used the opening where the chippy was going to slot a joist in, that's OK Sparks I'll sort it out when I fit the joist, fine you would think, wrong got called back cus there were some loose cables \, turned out Mr Chippy had got a hump on and ripped them out of the cavities. Terry was not well pleased and gave the Chippy a right kicking.
Fox trot Oscared and left me to face the Chippies mates, for some reason I was taken off site and sent home to let things cool down, not that they ever did.
 
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Working on a laege housing development in Bath I was just 16, chap I was working with was a bit of a loose cannon, you didn't mess with Terry.
Any how we used to run cables down cavities in those days, we had finished wiring this particular house, and we had used the opening where the chippy was going to slot a joist in, that's OK Sparks I'll sort it out when I fit the joist, fine you would think, wrong got called back cus there were some loose cables \, turned out Mr Chippy had got a hump on and ripped them out of the cavities. Terry was not well pleased and gave the Chippy a right kicking.
Fox trot Oscared and left me to face the Chippies mates, for some reason I was taken off site and sent home to let things cool down, not that they ever did.
Sounds like you were always causing trouble, Pete:D. Things never change.:p
 
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I've heard of a few site managers on sites I have been on in the '80s had a scuffle behind the site cabins with other trades.
 

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When I was an apprentice I was on a site of 500 flats. There was a little Irish chap, who was the site manager and who had a right temper on him....He had absolutely no people skills and walked around with the permanent hump. One time I was testing a flat that was near completion and he walked in, noticed one of the kitchen cupboard doors was a little wonky, went into a fit of rage and ripped the cupboard door off and ruined the carcass.....He used to do stuff like this on the regular.....Absolute plonker! Anyway there was this one time I heard him shouting at one of the Brickies, the Bricky started giving it back and the site manager offered him out. The bricky climbed down the ladder and one timed him, straight on Jaw. He laid flat on his back and every one on site cheered....Some one on the scaffold chucked the bricky his trowel and he walked off site, never to be seen again. It’s funny how the angry Irish mans attitude changed after that.
 

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There was a scuffle outside my house this morning, never mind at work :grin:

Some builders are working a few doors down and their van has been blocking the tenfoot. Someone must have got annoyed at this and a car was revved up to a van, heated words were had and the non builder got out and started shouting the odds, until he got punched, then he buggered off :laughing:
I didn't see this as I was using our downstairs facilities, but the kids gave me the rundown as they were watching the entertainment out the window.


Never seen too many scuffles on site, mainly just heated words and a lot of jostling.
 

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A punch up on site means instant dismissal, so it rarely ever happens.

However there were a few shootings in our factory. Nothing serious, just a few kneecappings.

At least that way the perpetrator is wearing a balaclava and can't be identified.
 

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Tower block in Leeds the tilers tiled over all backboxes before 2nd fix started....
Plenty of tiles removed with a hammer to locate said back boxes...

Would of made an interesting meet up if the two sides had been re-introduced..
 
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Tower block in Leeds the tilers tiled over all backboxes before 2nd fix started....
Plenty of tiles removed with a hammer to locate said back boxes...

Would of made an interesting meet up if the two sides had been re-introduced..
I had that plasterer plastered over boxes in the kitchen then tiler comes in and tiled over, of course, it was the fault of the spark they had to come off.
 

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once "mislaid" an expensive screwdriver set. a voltstick, and a socket tester. found in the plumber's toolbox on back of his van. this wet pants soon learnt that nosebleeds are like sh!t. they flow downhill.
 

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Mate of mine has a few good tales ...
One time he had to work on a machine in a mill - think stereotypical Lancashire cotton mill. The isolators in the switchroom predated the idea of being lockable, so all he coukd do was hang up his "do not switch on" sign ...
Gets back to machine and finds it live. Back to switchroom to find the switch is back.on and sign on floor. Switch off again, hang up sign, back to machine to find it live again, back to switchroom to find switch back on and sign on floor.
Switches off again, hangs up sign, and hides round corner. A machine operator of asian descent runs in, throws sign on floor, switches on, and gets put on the floor with a well aimed fist from my mate.
Turns out, more than one machine on circuit, and as they are on piece rate the other guy cares not one jot other than for his machine working.
Said macine operator gets instant sack, my mate gets escorted off site for his own safety.
 

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Mate of mine has a few good tales ...
One time he had to work on a machine in a mill - think stereotypical Lancashire cotton mill. The isolators in the switchroom predated the idea of being lockable, so all he coukd do was hang up his "do not switch on" sign ...
Gets back to machine and finds it live. Back to switchroom to find the switch is back.on and sign on floor. Switch off again, hang up sign, back to machine to find it live again, back to switchroom to find switch back on and sign on floor.
Switches off again, hangs up sign, and hides round corner. A machine operator of asian descent runs in, throws sign on floor, switches on, and gets put on the floor with a well aimed fist from my mate.
Turns out, more than one machine on circuit, and as they are on piece rate the other guy cares not one jot other than for his machine working.
Said macine operator gets instant sack, my mate gets escorted off site for his own safety.
tell you this s*it happens lock of always lucky he was competent
 
Where i served my time we did big installs for new factories.

Anyway one day us and loads of other contractors all in same part of building all doing our own bits.

We fitting large panel to wall and needed move some of the stuff other contractors had left in the way various items including scaffolding tubes/poles.

Guy we working with shouts "kick them ----ing poles out the way"

Turns out the lads next to us from Poland and thought this was aimed at them. And quickly escalated to big trouble involving all involved removed from site for racist behaviour and violence.

Something so simple innocent took the wrong way caused lots of trouble for months after for lad who said it.
 

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Not a punch up but a close call for me and mate. About 15 years ago got a subbie job to help another spark with a job in Tottenham on the high street, we had been warned about how rough it was and to be careful , anyway we were due to start on the Monday but my mate rang in sick ( hangover) so we went down tuesday to a very quiet and sombre team of guys.
Apparently the day before a gang of jamaican guys walked on site and walked off with all the power tools, thousands of pounds worth. The reason nobody put a fight up was due to the fact they all had shooters in their hands :oops::oops::oops:.
Scary place, scary world, I've never been so glad to be let down by someone with an hangover.
 

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Not a punch up but a close call for me and mate. About 15 years ago got a subbie job to help another spark with a job in Tottenham on the high street, we had been warned about how rough it was and to be careful , anyway we were due to start on the Monday but my mate rang in sick ( hangover) so we went down tuesday to a very quiet and sombre team of guys.
Apparently the day before a gang of jamaican guys walked on site and walked off with all the power tools, thousands of pounds worth. The reason nobody put a fight up was due to the fact they all had shooters in their hands :oops::oops::oops:.
Scary place, scary world, I've never been so glad to be let down by someone with an hangover.
Was your mate giving a briefing to the robbery team on the Monday? ;)
 

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I was working on a site in Jersey for the best part of a year. A new spark came over from Ireland and didn't get along with the plumbing foreman (also from Ireland). Within days the plumbing foreman (probably in his 60s) had a broken nose with blood all over it and the spark packed his tool bag and went back to Ireland.
 

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Where i served my time we did big installs for new factories.

Anyway one day us and loads of other contractors all in same part of building all doing our own bits.

We fitting large panel to wall and needed move some of the stuff other contractors had left in the way various items including scaffolding tubes/poles.

Guy we working with shouts "kick them ----ing poles out the way"

Turns out the lads next to us from Poland and thought this was aimed at them. And quickly escalated to big trouble involving all involved removed from site for racist behaviour and violence.

Something so simple innocent took the wrong way caused lots of trouble for months after for lad who said it.
Had something similar on a site.

Bloke walked by carrying a scaffold pole. Another bloke asked him ‘Are you a pole vaulter?’. Guy replied ‘No I’m Russian, but how did you know my first name?’. :)
 

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Years back I had a run in with the works "bully" This guy was 6' 5" and built like a wrestler, he had a reputation and was feared, rightly so, by most. One day I turned up at work and had got the hump, I'd always avoided this guy cause he was notorious for bullying and singling out people. Anyhow, on this particular day we had a run in and without any thought I retaliated. The shock of my retaliation surprised the guy and everyone around. As I came to my senses I expected a beating but instead the guy walked off. For the rest of the day I was weary knowing that he was going to "kill me" at some point (I was poohing my pants). When he finally approached me I was shocked and relieved as he apologised to me. We became good friends and in fact from that day forward I looked on him as my "big bro". His attitude changed towards other people and he became more respected for being the "bigger man".
I wanted to share this story since it turned out nice in the end.

I once worked with a guy who never argued with his tongue only with his fists. I witnessed him knock out many a man sometimes very unexpectedly. I remember once we were working away when he said to me "that guy, the chippy over there, irritates me, he loves the sound of his own voice" I just nodded and we carried on working for a bit. My mate headed off towards the vans, which I assumed he was getting something from the van. But instead he walked over to the chippy punched him once, knocked him out then just strolled back over to me and carried on working without any mention of anything.
 
A foreman threatened me with a scaffold pole in front of a cable gang. They were shouting I should get him the sack. What they didn’t know was I’d threatened him the week before. We were like cat and dog, arguing all the time but between us we got things done.

Moving a 11/3.3/.433kV substation pushed both of us to the limit, we were ready to strangle each other!
 

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Years back I had a run in with the works "bully" This guy was 6' 5" and built like a wrestler, he had a reputation and was feared, rightly so, by most. One day I turned up at work and had got the hump, I'd always avoided this guy cause he was notorious for bullying and singling out people. Anyhow, on this particular day we had a run in and without any thought I retaliated. The shock of my retaliation surprised the guy and everyone around. As I came to my senses I expected a beating but instead the guy walked off. For the rest of the day I was weary knowing that he was going to "kill me" at some point (I was poohing my pants). When he finally approached me I was shocked and relieved as he apologised to me. We became good friends and in fact from that day forward I looked on him as my "big bro". His attitude changed towards other people and he became more respected for being the "bigger man".
I wanted to share this story since it turned out nice in the end.

I once worked with a guy who never argued with his tongue only with his fists. I witnessed him knock out many a man sometimes very unexpectedly. I remember once we were working away when he said to me "that guy, the chippy over there, irritates me, he loves the sound of his own voice" I just nodded and we carried on working for a bit. My mate headed off towards the vans, which I assumed he was getting something from the van. But instead he walked over to the chippy punched him once, knocked him out then just strolled back over to me and carried on working without any mention of anything.
I assume he got his comeuppance. You just can't go around knocking people out.

Every action must be avenged. That's why it is usual etiquette to pack up your stuff and leave site.

You know you're sacked or if not by official means then there will be a revenge attack.
 

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I assume he got his comeuppance. You just can't go around knocking people out.

Every action must be avenged. That's why it is usual etiquette to pack up your stuff and leave site.
Slightly off topic; my son was punched in the face on a Friday night, because he didn’t have a cigarette to give to his assailant. Being slightly drunk, and not suspecting to be assaulted over such a matter, he hit the deck like a sack of spuds, hitting his jaw on a kerb edge.

This broke his jaw in two places, requiring them to be pinned. One of the pins is corroding and ten years on, he suffers with infections and pain periodically.

So whilst it’s amusing hearing in these stories, the reality for the victims is somewhat different and not amusing at all.
 

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Slightly off topic; my son was punched in the face on a Friday night, because he didn’t have a cigarette to give to his assailant. Being slightly drunk, and not suspecting to be assaulted over such a matter, he hit the deck like a sack of spuds, hitting his jaw on a kerb edge.

This broke his jaw in two places, requiring them to be pinned. One of the pins is corroding and ten years on, he suffers with infections and pain periodically.

So whilst it’s amusing hearing in these stories, the reality for the victims is somewhat different and not amusing at all.
sorry to hear this Midwest but it is only light hearted chat and stories of peeps experiences that we write about there will always will be peeps that dont like the subject matter .not being funny mate but title of thread says punch ups on site ,I would imagine you knew what you would be reading when opening said thread so if it upsets you then why read it , and make others feel bad for writing about their experiences and ruining others enjoyment , im not having a go mate justsaying
 

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I assume he got his comeuppance. You just can't go around knocking people out.

Every action must be avenged. That's why it is usual etiquette to pack up your stuff and leave site.

You know you're sacked or if not by official means then there will be a revenge attack.
These days yes, instant dismissal for any sort of aggressive behaviour. Back then, this sort of behaviour, though not acceptable was not taken as serious. It tended to be "out on the car park and scrap things out mentality".
Oh he had his fare share of revenge beatings, he just accepted this would happen. Many times he would shake hands and apologise and move on, other times the feud would continue with no resolve. He was one of the youngest of six boys and brought up on a tough council estate so I guess this was just the norm for him back then.
 

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sorry to hear this Midwest but it is only light hearted chat and stories of peeps experiences that we write about there will always will be peeps that dont like the subject matter .not being funny mate but title of thread says punch ups on site ,I would imagine you knew what you would be reading when opening said thread so if it upsets you then why read it , and make others feel bad for writing about their experiences and ruining others enjoyment , im not having a go mate justsaying
No offence taken; just highlighting the point that people who are handy with their fists and see the need to show off their skills, need to recognise the implications of their actions. My son got off quite lightly, some have lost their life from a single punch.
 
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