Originally Posted by Meadbh
Mill, I feel for you. Reading your story it seems as if, like so many incidents, there were multiple events cascading towards this injury. It's unfortunate that the blame game led to the foreman losing his job and you coming close to doing so. I hope the company will learn from the investigation and address the root causes. Hopefully the injured employee will make a full recovery and be compensated appropriately. So many times, corners are cut because of the bottom line. It is very scary to know the risks but not to have any ability to control them. That can lead to stress, hypertension, and self destructive habits. It is a very good reason to plan for a way out.
Probably each of us has had to watch our workplace, at one point or the other, turn into a "theater of the absurd." What is gut-wrenching in Mill's story, though, is it seems it's becoming too common, too frequent. The human cost -- for the injured man, the foreman, for Mill--seems just too high.
"Crises" in my teaching career could not compare to the trauma of this story. (The closest incident might be when I broke up a fight between the varsity quarterback and a former gang member.) But when the crises did come, one balm for my nerves (and anger) was planning those exit strategies. LBYM gave us freedom our neighbors couldn't enjoy, when they were using home equity lines of credit to build on additions, buy boats and RV's, go on cruises.
In the last decade of my career, I saved most of my salary, just so I could RE if I got too disgusted. When checking the monthly 401K statement and funding the Roth IRA's, my confidence would grow that, if needed, I had a "way out."
It worked. And there's no line of credit to pay off.
Hang in there, Mill; and best wishes with Plans A and/or B.