What one day does? It can change everything. It can rock our world.
Then, the Riverworks' jobsite at Eastern Wharf on the Savannah River was 17 months under construction.
Then, although there was still finish work left to do on the exterior, the primary focus had dramatically shifted to the interior of the building.
Then, Jeff's job as logistics superintendent centered around moving the big equipment off the jobsite to make room for the truckloads of interior finishes
Then, Jeff was nearing the time when he would not be coming home filthy from mud, dust, and grim, or when his dungarees would need only one washing instead of two
Then, everyone was seeing the light at the end of a very long job and anticipating the beginning the next phase of the project.
That was then. One day before the fire. Now, everything has changed.
Now, the crew of the Riverworks team come to work and are faced with the remains of a fire that burned and flared up for 48 hours.
Now, Jeff is emotionally scarred. The other day someone in the neighborhood had a wood fire burning and instead of what once was a favorite smell, now it turns his stomach.
Now, the job has lost over a year's work; that might even change [to longer] once they begin demolition and re-building.
Now, every bit of the work falls under logistics and Jeff is slap wore out.
Now, days are shorter but the work is just as harder and along with the emotional toll, Jeff is hanging on by a thread.
Now, I am worried. Not about the job. Thankfully, the owners are behind the team and are re-building. I am worried about Jeff. For his health, for those emotional scars needing to heal.