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PICTURE: How many workmen does it take to change a light bulb?
8:00am Sunday 27th October 2013 in News
IT takes seven road workers to change a light bulb according to this photo, which has gone viral after popping up on Facebook this week.
The picture shows six workmen in high-visibility jackets standing around with their arms crossed as one colleague scales a ladder to check a traffic light.
It was snapped by Karl Baker, a passenger in a passing car at the junction of the A30 and the M5 in Devon, near the new town of Cranbrook.
His accompanying comment reads: “Words fail me! Good to see Highways are helping to reduce local unemployment.”
Other users on the social networking site also posted comments to poke fun at the seven-man crew who had been employed by a private firm contracted by the council.Adrian Morgan wrote: “Standard workman rules: 10 watch, 1 works!”
A spokesman from Devon County Council said: “The work being carried out was not at the expense of the taxpayer and these are not County Council employees.
“The Contractor was on site to check that the traffic signals are set up in accordance with strict specifications before the maintenance of the signals is handed over to the Highways Agency.
“The Contractor is covering the cost of the final checks and adjustments and they decide how to conduct the work.”
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