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    Exclamation Why exploring building sites is a bad idea

    Although I'd never feel responsible if I inspired someone to go 'urban exploring' in building sites and they got injured (in the same way I wouldn't blame those who inspired me in the event of me hurting myself), it's good to remember that whilst safety is always a key consideration for site managers, things aren't always what they seem.

    Whilst exploring the apparently defunct L1 site in the Baltic Triangle, I decided to go to the bottom of a shaft to take a picture looking upwards. Climbing down the scaffolding, I wondered what the plastic sheeting was, but I took it for granted that underneath would be the concrete base of the shaft.

    By chance I decided that I'd hold onto the bar and swing down rather than jump, and just as well - the sheet was floating on two storeys of flooded lift shaft with little handholds, which would be no use if I was wrapped up in plastic sheeting underwater. My feet dipped into the plastic but I realised the error before letting go. After some frantic scrabbling, cursing the weight of my bag and using every bit of upper-body strength I have, I hauled myself back onto the comparitive safety of the scaffolding.



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    The lesson learnt? Be very sure what you're going to land on before you jump. Not that I condone exploring building sites - in fact, it's a pretty silly thing to do (but it keeps me from getting bored) - but remember, whenever you stray from the beaten path to take some snaps, be careful!

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    Very lucky there.... Also a good idea to never go alone and if possible
    secure yourself with a rope, having said that I did a few explores on
    my own and apart from being chased by security, no serious probs

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    Thanks for posting your experiences Snappel. Lessons to be learned here, as a fan of your pics, its almost like you possess special powers, would be gutted if you ever seriously injured yourself.
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    Hi snappel

    Glad to hear you are alright. Thanks for the warning. Not that I am likely to go urban exploring on building sites and on the tops of buildings as you and drone-pilot do. . . All power to you, lad, and again, glad you survived what could have been a tragic experience. As you say, best take care on building sites. . . appearances may be very deceptive!

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    Sounds like a quick decision to hold on to that bar literally saved your life. Two stories of water and wrapped up in plastic sheeting whilst sinking deeper and deeper with a heavy bag on your back. Certain death I'd say, and nobody would have found you down there at the bottom of a murky flooded lift shaft on an abandoned building site! You got very lucky. Good job you're experienced and didn't just hop down like a lot of people would of.

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