Monday morning at 6.25am I take the long commute past Port Adelaide to the outskirts of the city. Alongside me is traffic with an easy flow. As I look down from my campervan I recognise a similarity between me and my traffic companions. A similarity that due to its nature is hard to miss. We are all wearing Hi-Vis shirts.
Hi-visibility clothing is a type of personal protective equipment, commonly used for railway, highway and airport workers. It can also be used in places where workers are required to preform tasks in areas with heavy traffic and/or darkness. It all began in 1964, in the United Kingdom where railway workers were indistinguishable from their surrounding environments. To overcome this issue they began wearing fluorescent orange jackets known as “fire-flies”. As trials were completed to detect the effectiveness of the hi-vis it became apparent that it was very helpful in improving workers safety.
Skip forward 52 years and the vast development of hi-vis seems to have reached all corners of the Australian workforce. As I sit at a desk preparing paperwork and weighting trucks I wear my hi-vis and heavy cargo pants. Full safety incase a meteorite falls through the roof. I put my hard hat on to walk 15 meters and up some stairs incase I fall back down them. There are many roles within the company that require high levels of safety checks and rules to follow but as I return to my desk to answer the phone and send a fax I feel slightly out of place.
For the month of December I spent Sunday to Friday in the outskirts of Adelaide sitting at a computer – this rolled over into January and as the grain season began to slow so did the hours of work. It was now time to return to the life of a traveller – and as this begins the words start to flow again. Our days in Australia are now numbered and we have decided to set sail to the world in search of work and friends which we haven’t seemed to find the right fit here. So as we say hooroo mate to Australia we do so in the best way. A week at the beach on a surf coast. Stories and photos will soon follow as we end our days in the dramatic coast of the Great Ocean Road.