(February 2009, Sweden) Welcome to Sweden. Home of Swedish massage, Swedish
fish, and one Swedish meatball who decided to warm himself in an industrial
strength oven. The incident took place in freezing February at a facility
operated by a maker of kitchen cabinets and fixtures.
The heating system in the loading area had ceased to function, leaving a
shivering truck driver defenseless against the frigid winter. Looking to
escape the cold, this driver wandered toward the shrink-wrap oven and asked
the operator if he could take a spin on the conveyor belt to get warm.
Although the driver was freezing his umlaut off, the operator denied the
Undaunted, the driver waited until no one was looking and managed to hoist
himself onto the conveyor belt for a blissful toasty ride. But all those
Swedish smorgasbords had taken their toll. The massive trucker was too
heavy for the belt and the motor shut down, leaving him stuck in the
Luckily, the oven operator noticed the stoppage and was able to rescue the
man from searing heat before he sustained serious damage. Following the
incident, Sweden's Work Environment Authority offered the oven operator
counseling to work through the shock he suffered, and intends to carry out
a risk assessment of surveillance around the shrink ovens. Apparently they
are too tempting to leave unguarded.
"'360-degree oven.' Circular oven?"
"Common sense can be shrink-wrapped too.
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