Ian Young

“I was worried I’d lose my job. Look where it got me.”

Ian had been sent up onto the roof several times in the past to fix leaks. He’d told his boss that the roof needed attention but nothing was done. After a bad rain storm, they came to work on Monday to find leakage into the workplace. The women who worked in the lab were going to be sent home because they couldn’t work until it was fixed. So Ian went up and fixed it. He knew he would have been sent up anyway and he felt insecure because they were training up a younger guy into his job. The roof collapsed. Ian’s spinal cord was crushed in the fall, leaving him without the use of his legs.

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