This fellow did a dangerous thing. It’s not the thing you think is dangerous. It’s something else. He doesn’t have a Bobcat ramp? So what.
What you’re looking at is someone who’s completely comfortable with the tools he’s using. He knows them inside out. He didn’t try doing a handstand in his Bobcat on his first day at work. He’s learned, through hard knocks and repeated effort. He understands better than many safety obsessed people what’s dangerous and what isn’t. He understands, instinctively, what his talent and his tools are capable of.
If he’s taking risks, they’re calculated risks. He also understands that risks have trade-offs. He’s saving money for himself and his clients by performing his work with the absolute minimum equipment necessary to get the job done. He’s not a mindless drone in a large organization, either. If he wrecks his Bobcat, he won’t eat next week. That focuses the mind more acutely than knowing your boss will yell at you.
So he knows what he’s doing, and it’s always fun to watch people who are really good at anything. He doesn’t need a Bobcat ramp. Oh, yes, I almost forgot, I did mention one quibble in the first paragraph. He shouldn’t jump out of the bed of the dump truck like that. It’s dangerous. You could turn an ankle.
(Thanks to faithful reader HJ Briscoe for sending that one along)