The money or his life?
After an accident at work, Gary takes a dangerous job abroad. Will he survive?
You know your job’s a tad dangerous when your boss asks you to make a will before you start work. That’s exactly what happens to Gary Windass when he accepts an offer from his old army mate, Joe, to go and work for his private security firm in the Ukraine.
Gary told Joe that it was a definite ‘no’ when his mate tried to lure him on board a few weeks ago. But he does a U-turn after he has an accident on his latest building job. Gary fails to stack some bricks properly, which in turn causes some scaffolding to collapse. He’s buried underneath, and there’s thousands of pounds worth of damage.
The ex soldier gets away without serious injury – but just as he’s counting his lucky stars, his employer, Don, demands to see copies of his insurance documents so that he can submit a claim. Surprise surprise, Gary doesn’t have any insurance.
‘He just assumes that he is covered by his employer, because that’s what normally happens,’ reveals Mikey North, who plays him. ‘But it turns out that, because he was working at someone’s house, he should have had his own insurance.’
Don fires him on the spot, and also demands £10k to pay for the damage. To add to Gary’s woes, Sarah reveals that she has found them a flat and has agreed to put a deposit down.
In dire need of cash, Gary tells Joe that he’ll take the Ukraine job, and lies to Sarah that he has landed some lucrative work with his Dad in Hamburg. That’s a rubbish cover story – anyone who remembers Eddie Windass will know that he avoids hard graft like the plague.
As he later meets up with Joe to discuss the job details, he’s stunned when his friend suggests making a will before he flies out. But poor Gary feels he doesn’t have the luxury of backing out. ‘He’s desperate to pay off the 10 grand,’ says Mikey. ‘It would take him a year to earn that in Weatherfield, whereas over in the Ukraine, he could make that in a week.’
There’s a hairy moment when Sarah says she’d like to accompany him on his ‘German’ trip. Gary shuts her down, saying that he wants to give the job his full attention, and braces himself for what is to come. What kind of horrors await?
Gown and out? Gary’s employer Don asks him for proof of insurance
Security risk: Joe offers Gary a job in the Ukraine
Gary tries to put Sarah off coming to ‘Hamburg’