A job to die for — literally

I received this in an email this morning, and I tried to imagine if it happened to me:

Worker dead at desk for five days

taken from The New York Times

Bosses of a New York publishing firm are trying to figure out why no one noticed that one of their employees had been sitting dead at his desk for five days before anyone asked if he was feeling okay. George Turklebaum, 51, who had been employed as a proof-reader at a New York firm for 30 years, had a heart attack in the open-plan office he shared with 23 other workers.

He quietly passed away on Monday, but nobody noticed until Saturday morning when an office cleaner asked why he was working during the weekend.

His boss, Elliot Wachiaski, said: “George was always the first guy in each morning and the last to leave at night, so no one found it unusual that he was in the same position all that time and didn’t say anything. He was always absorbed in his work and kept much to himself.”

A post mortem examination revealed that he had been dead for five days after suffering a coronary. George was proofreading manuscripts of medical textbooks at the time of his death.

You may want to give your co-workers a nudge occasionally, or say “hello in there,” just to be sure they have not succumbed to the same fate as George.

If there is a moral to this most unfortunate story, it could be this: Don’t work too, too hard. Nobody notices anyway.

First one in every morning and worked as a proofreader. Should I be worried then?

I suppose it would be better than Bridget Jones’s fears of ‘dying fat and alone, and found three weeks later half-eaten by Alsatians’.

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