I was looking forward to having a bit of a lie in last Saturday. Even though I was working, we were unable to gain access to the site until 10.45am. Now this is nearly four hours difference on the past 6 weekends where we have been on site from 5.30am …
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So having the chance to have a few extra hours sleep was a really good bonus, however things never really go to plan do they? Leaving home for the one hour journey to the client’s address, I packed up all the important things like tea, coffee, milk and my lunch and off I went.
From Milton Keynes to Buckingham, onto Bicester and that’s where it all went wrong! Traffic was tailed back along the main road so I quickly re-routed my journey. I can only assume that the problem was at Bicester Village and everyone was making their way to start Christmas shopping. Me? I’ll wait until 24th December thanks.
So finally got past the village outlet, onto the A41 then finally I got to the A34. I was trundling along quite happily and was less than 10 minutes from the client when my intuition kicked in and I got an uneasy feeling in the pit of my stomach. Hmmm …
This caused me to immediately phone home. I spoke to the wife and asked the question “please tell me that my testing machine is not still on the table?” Unfortunately, she replied “yes Andrew, along with the back-up machine too!” D’oh!
So what can I do? There is no point turning around driving home for an hour, collecting the machine and starting the whole journey again as by the time I get to the client I would have less than two hours left of the day (the client only opens from 11 to 4 on a Saturday).
I went on to the client’s premises and was about to explain the situation when he took a call on his phone. “Oh well, things can’t get any worse, that was one of my member of staff phoning in sick!“
Actually, things were just about to get worse for him. I explained about my forgetfulness and was totally honest about both my testing machines being back home in Milton Keynes. Thankfully he laughed and said it was fine to call him later to reschedule the testing.
Are you looking for a professional PAT testing company, in Oxford or elsewhere, who has only forgotten their test equipment once in the last 10 years? Call me on 0330 6600264 or click here to ping over an email and I promise to go through my checklist before I visit!So I ended up with a free afternoon! Now I have a checklist in my vehicle and at the top of it, as point number one, is TESTER and point number 2 is – yup, you’ve guessed it – BACKUP TESTER! I’m never going to let that happen again. Still, that’s the first time I have ever done that in 10 years of testing!
Until next time …