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In ensuing jobs in various parts of the country he found his progress blocked. Convinced that he was being victimised, Frazer became more belligerent in his attitude. He attended union courses to familiarise himself with a wide range of subjects pertinent to the construction industry. He studied wage negotiation and incentive schemes, industrial injuries benefits, safety and welfare regulations. Armed with this knowledge he was to embarrass the management on a number of occasions. Typical was the incident when work stopped on a site because Frazer claimed that a working platform in use some sixty feet above the ground was unsafe, not being in accordance with the Building (Safety, Health and Welfare) Regulations, 1948.

Found, Head of the Personnel Department, handed this problem to Alan Shaw, his assistant. Shaw, aged twenty-six years, had been with Found for twelve months. Among many other duties he had been responsible for giving talks on 'Site Safety' to company employees -lectures which had not been well supported. His brief was now to find someone who had the respect of the men and who could make them safety-conscious. He needed to be a man who could command obedience in such matters as use of safety equipment and who was himself knowledgeable concerning statutory and legal requirements.

He had done his best to keep it to a minimum and felt sure that the sudden imposition of tougher measures would result in ill-feeling and a drop in output. Management clearly expected the supervisors to tighten up security and their position would become intolerable. They would be regarded as management spies and the good relations which existed would be irretrievably harmed. He felt that it would be wiser to let sleeping dogs lie. Ron Eastham of the Packaging Department supported Rosyth. Apart from the ill-feeling which 42 would be engendered it would be a practical impossibility to eradicate pilfering with the existing supervisor-operative ratio.

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