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I work for Seminole County Environmental Series in the office. I come into work early today at around 5:40 am to start my 11 hour shift cause of the backup of waste pickup from the hurricane that just passed. When I get on property I see the devision head for Solid Waste, one of our hazardous waste specialist, and the floor supervisor all there with two fire marshals. Come to find out this happened:

Fire breaks out at Seminole County garbage transfer and recycling facility

What one hell of a way to start a morning at work and having to wait for the facility to be cleared to open.

Does anyone else have any interesting work related stories?
 

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Years ago me and a drummer were driving home from a gig and saw a fire in the distance. Large fire. As we got closer it was obviously a house. He was driving, was sober and was actually a volunteer fire fighter with training and experience in these things. There were already many other fire fighters and trucks there. I stayed in the truck as I'd been drinking and talked with the other bystanders.

The house was lost and 1 person died. It was horrible.
 
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So the company I am working for has built a entire new facility about 2 1/2 years ago. We build it on a ex US army area that was returned to the county shortly before. The area was used for military purposes since after the first world war and was a military airfield in Ww2.
Central Germany Aafes base, close to the Rhein Main airbase.

As you may know, we got plenty of bombs during ww2 and many of them did not work as intended and still in the ground, so whenever a bigger construction site is opened the search for bombs begin.
We were one of the first to build something new there and as the rest of the area gets explored and the construction sites come closer to our facility we get evacuated from time to time and always hoping that everything works out well and nobody gets hurt.

Not funny to realize that the army had built their warehouses on bombs...
 
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So the company I am working for has built a entire new facility about 2 1/2 years ago. We build it on a ex US army area that was returned to the county shortly before. The area was used for military purposes since after the first world war and was a military airfield in Ww2.
Central Germany Aafes base, close to the Rhein Main airbase.

As you may know, we got plenty of bombs during ww2 and many of them did not work as intended and still in the ground, so whenever a bigger construction site is opened the search for bombs begin.
We were one of the first to build something new there and as the rest of the area gets explored and the construction sites come closer to our facility we get evacuated from time to time and always hoping that everything works out well and nobody gets hurt.

Not funny to realize that the army had built their warehouses on bombs.
Sounds pretty irresponsible of the government for not clearing the land before turning it over for civilian use.
In my area I see something similar going on but it is the government that is expanding their construction into areas that were ww2 practice bombing sites that are full of unexploded ordinance.
 
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Sounds pretty irresponsible of the government for not clearing the land before turning it over for civilian use.
In my area I see something similar going on but it is the government that is expanding their construction into areas that were ww2 practice bombing sites that are full of unexploded ordinance.
That's common, the US army cleared what they found, what was deep enough stayed in the ground, we are now doing much deeper foundations for higher buildings so we dig deeper and find more...
 
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I work for Seminole County Environmental Series in the office. I come into work early today at around 5:40 am to start my 11 hour shift cause of the backup of waste pickup from the hurricane that just passed. When I get on property I see the devision head for Solid Waste, one of our hazardous waste specialist, and the floor supervisor all there with two fire marshals. Come to find out this happened:

Fire breaks out at Seminole County garbage transfer and recycling facility

What one hell of a way to start a morning at work and having to wait for the facility to be cleared to open.

Does anyone else have any interesting work related stories?
NOT WORK RELATED.....BUT;
Our local waste company seems to get a fire...(Big), every 2 years or so, at their city recycle plant. Causes evacuation of neighboring businesses for hours. How many small fires that don't make the news is questionable. We have, in the last few years, started to segregate the types of trash that are either recycled, or put in the huge solid trash pit/place outside the city (Republic waste management). Glass, paper, plastic are shipped out in bulk, and the rest trucked outside the city and buried. We also had a fire a few years ago at a steel/scrap yard that does recycling. They shred the steel into small chunks and load them in RR cars for places unknown. They are just down the road from the massive 'tank fuel farm' for the city, that retrieves fuel from the pipeline from California. Most are commercial, the rest is military for Nellis AFB nearby.
 
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That's common, the US army cleared what they found, what was deep enough stayed in the ground, we are now doing much deeper foundations for higher buildings so we dig deeper and find more...
Thats a scary thought.
 
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That's common, the US army cleared what they found, what was deep enough stayed in the ground, we are now doing much deeper foundations for higher buildings so we dig deeper and find more...
In Central Florida they are always finding bombs that never went off during the bombing runs they used to do for years. Every time a new development is being built they always have to evacuate the work site because they will find 10 to 30 at a time. Ocala always makes the news for it.
 

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So yeah, FIRST MONDAY of 2019 I show up at 0700 for work and my Squadron Commander looks as me and says "Mike you might not want to go down to your office this morning." Well he was right, our building flooded and my office was under 12 feet of water. LOL Never EVER put the IT guy's office in the basement!!!!
Over the weekend we had a good dose of rain and the brand new drainage system out back clogged up with straw.