Protective equipment

After the Perspex Plant, I was assigned to the Terylene Plant along with Gordon Sherris. The plumbers also maintained the Nitric Acid Plant. Woollen jackets, leggings, goggles and rubber boots had to be worn on entering the plant. A numbered plastic tag was given on entry.

“Sign your name next to the number in the book,” instructed the gateman.

“What’s the tag for?” I inquired.

“If there is an accident and only the acid-proof tag is found, we’ll know whose mam to contact,” was the ominous reply.

There was a stainless-steel fume stack on the plant that issued ginger coloured fumes. On one particularly windy day the fumes drifted over the car park. Fifty cars had to be re-sprayed!

Beach Boys – ‘Surfin’ USA’  1962
You’d seem ’em wearing their baggies
Huarachi sandals too
A bushy bushy blonde hairdo
Surfin’ U. S. A.

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