Almost Impaled

Just seconds before I arrived at my desk, one of the new ceiling tiles fell, corner-first, into my office chair, making a huge dent in the seat. It was 1998 and I was working in the Toll Building for TELUS.

The Toll Building was originally built by Alberta Government Telephones to handle long distance (“Toll”) calls, with very high ceilings on the lower floors to accommodate tall racks of telephone switching equipment. As a result, that ceiling tile struck with a lot of force.

I immediately phoned the Building Manager and it was discovered that the ceiling contractor had purchased ceiling tiles that were a bit smaller than the metal grid mounted on the ceiling to hold the tiles. Meaning, of course, that everyone was at risk.