RE: Friday Hilarity

Subject: RE: Friday Hilarity
From: "McLauchlan, Kevin" <Kevin -dot- McLauchlan -at- safenet-inc -dot- com>
To: Laura Lemay <lemay -at- lauralemay -dot- com>, Jim Jones <han4yu3 -at- gmail -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 25 Apr 2014 14:29:03 -0400

And the legal requirement aside, darn near anything a fire or rescue worker does on a ship or in a mine or <fill in the blank> requires carrying awkward, often heavy pieces of gear, and moving through spaces that do not/cannot accommodate a wheelchair. A techwriter for such equipment might be required to handle it while documenting its use and care.

Think of D-series and larger earth-moving equipment. Now think of the equipment that the mechanic/technician needs to haul around and into awkward spaces. And a righteous techwriter who was going to document the use, abuse, and maintenance of such equipment should at least be handling it, if not dragging it through the bowels of a Bucyrus big-bucket scoop.

The techwriter world is not all electrons.

Over my career, and continuing to this day, I cannot count the number of times I've been taking apart and reassembling tower PCs, running cables under desks and through ceilings, hauling 30-pound-plus servers in and out of racks in the test lab, or just helping the IT guy when he has to process new hires (and their equipment) on short notice.
Then I sit down and my work is all electrons... until the next thing.

-----Original Message-----
From: Laura Lemay
Sent: April-25-14 2:09 PM
To: Jim Jones
Cc: Techwr-l
Subject: Re: Friday Hilarity


"Maybe there is a legal reason, a reasonable and defensible legal reason for including that line, I do not know."

There is. Job listing that conform to the ADA (typically government jobs, but not always) must indicate the specific physical requirements of the job, even for jobs in which you may not think there ARE physical requirements. It's boilerplate.

Laura


On Apr 25, 2014, at 10:57 AM, Jim Jones <han4yu3 -at- gmail -dot- com> wrote:

> Funny. But that kind of job posting tells me [a disabled person who
> cannot do that stuff, even a little] not to even try to apply.
>
> Maybe there is a legal reason, a reasonable and defensible legal
> reason, for including that line, I do not know.
>
> OTOH perhaps the organization could in general use a talented writer
> who just happens to be disabled, but for the particular position they
> want to exclude the disabled, for whatever reason [there might even be
> a good reason].
>
> Jim Jones
>
> Twitter @han4yu3
>
>
> On Fri, Apr 25, 2014 at 12:44 PM, Nancy Allison <maker -at- verizon -dot- net> wrote:
>
>> From a current job listing for Senior Technical Writer:
>> * Must be able to repetitively lift and carry product weighing
>> approximately 30 lbs
>>
>> (http://hologic.jobs/bedford-ma/senior-technical-writer/46122080/job/?v
>> s=107)
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References:
Friday Hilarity: From: Nancy Allison
Re: Friday Hilarity: From: Jim Jones
Re: Friday Hilarity: From: Laura Lemay

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