As temperatures in the UK soared over 30 degrees on Wednesday, and with the UK's heatwave set to break all records today, you might be forgiven for thinking the management at A&M EDM precision engineers in Smethwick, West Midlands, had gone above and beyond for their employees, by providing them with a brand new swimming pool. No such luck.
How inviting is this? A sight that surely conjures up images of SPF 50, a few chilled drinks and a tasty dip in the pool. What better way to combat the UK heatwave?
Sad to relate, anyone heading into this pool would be in for a nasty shock. Far from the company splashing out on a new warm-weather facility for the workforce, it is in fact A&M’s highly polished factory floor, prepped for a new production line creating parts for the aerospace sector.
Managing director Mark Wingfield explains: “We are moving machinery between our factories to create a large space for investment in an aerospace volume production area. The floor has been resurfaced and painted and staff decided it looked like a swimming pool and needed lanes. If only we could all jump in… But it’s a mirage which will be full of machinery soon.”
Here’s the full view of the factory floor. Boo!
We couldn’t help but be reminded of this, a classic – not to mention painful – blunder by someone jumping into something else that looks like water. But isn’t.
Stay cool out there!