this third step, listen to the conversation again while you read
the transcription. Finally, read the glossary information, phrasal
verbs (highlighted in yellow) and notes at
the bottom. This step also means good practice for your reading
comprehension skills. To get information in Spanish, just place the
arrow of your mouse on any highlighted word without clicking.
John Martin here. Yes, Mr. Wiles is here, Ted. What! Oh, no. How
frightful! Is the man all right? Yes, come on up... That was Ted
Fielding. He's been phoning for you all over the building. There's
been an accident in the fitters' shop.
Lord! Why didn't he go straight to the Personnel Manager? That's his
going away this week. Then I suppose it is my
responsibility. Is it serious?
didn't say. He seemed anxious to come up and see you right away. Ah,
here he is... come in, Ted.
Heavens, man, you look awful. It's not a fatal accident, is it?
Reg Arnold in the fitters' shop.
put on goggles when he was
using the grinding‑machine and a lot of
steel filings flew up.
Oh, he looks terrible; one eye's very bad.
foreman called me, and I sent for Robinson, who's trained
first aid. I called you as soon as I could.
is Reg now?
taken him to the first‑aid room, until the ambulance arrives.(ambulance
coming in) Ah,
there's the ambulance now.
not. It was the man's own fault by the sound of it.
experience is that when there's an accident it's never the man's
fault; anyway, in the opinion of our own particular shop steward.
You'll see, Jack Green will make the most of this. He'll suggest that
supervisor should have noticed that he wasn't wearing
goggles and insisted that he put them on. It could cost the firm a lot
hour later, in Peter Wiles's office)
Wiles, Jack Green, the shop steward, is waiting to see you.
inevitable! All right. Ask him to come in.
Jack, I've been expecting you.
that day, John comes into Peter's office)
Peter! You've had a visit from Green, I gather.
Did anyone else hear him say that, apart from you?
Ted Fielding, who came with me, and two nurses.
Arnold won't be able
to make out a case of negligence against us, when
Green gets hold of him.
realised how tough you could be. You haven't given a thought to the
poor unfortunate man. All you care about is the politics of the
affair. You're as bad as Jack Green.
someone's got to be tough if you want to stay in business.
couldn't disagree with you more. Where are you going? Golf, I suppose.
bad idea on a lovely afternoon like this. No, as a matter of fact I
call at the hospital on my way home to see Reg Arnold. But
I'll get the Personnel Department to
check up first how many weeks at
he's entitledto under the company
scheme. You know, it
makes up the difference between National
Insurance payments and his normal basic rate.
cheer him up!!
record sales week
means that more goods were sold in this week than ever before. To break
this record the sales will have to be even higher in the future(semana de ventas que supera el record).
to go away
(irse de viaje).
Awful, terrible (espantoso, horrible).
to put on
To dress oneself in or to put accesories on(vestirse, ponerse, colocarse algo encima).
particles of steel(partículas de acero).
employee responsible for the work of the men under him, the efficiency
of the department and the quality and quantity of the work produced.
man in charge of a department or group of departments(capataz).
Emergency care given before regular medical aid can be obtained (primeros auxilios).
don't rush things
Don't hurry up
(No apures las cosas).
to keep out
To stay outside
(no entrometerse, conservar la distancia).
a large department there may be several foremen under a supervisor, each
with a special responsibility(supervisor).
precaution is something you take to prevent a potentially dangerous
situation from causing an accident. The regulation which made it
obligatory to wear goggles when using certain machines was a safety
precaution(medidas de seguridad).
who works permanently at this job only
(jornada completa). You can either work full-time,
that is, full working day, or part-time, part of the day only(jornada incompleta).
To offer or express apologies (pedir disculpas).
to call at
To stop for a short visit
(hacer una corta visita).
to check up
To verify (comprobar,
to be entitled
To be qualified for by right according to law
(tener derecho a, estar autorizado a).
to make out
To pretend (simular,
Wages paid to an employee who is on sick leave
(licencia por enfermedad).