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I hear in GB they are afraid to work like this - for some unfathomable reason ...



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smile It reminds me of those old B&W photo's of the steel workers in NYC!!
Louis: True, but fortunately, this is not as high smile
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 4 Jan 2017, 04:55
They are not afraid, however there is a guy, behind a desk, never set one foot on the building plan, that same guy gets up every morning making himself a promise.... what new rule can I make ...
Don't get me wrong, some of those rules are correct, like a safety-strap... companies will be sued $$$ and €€€ if they notice the company did not keep to rules and a person got injured or dropped dead....
Nevertheless, this is a great picture and I agree with Elizabeth....
Louis: Thank you Astrid. To make a rule for someone else - ages old ...
At least they all have something to hang on to, Louis. What more could you want, right???
Louis: You are right - I saw no-one falling. Uh oh!
Il ne faut pas avoir le vertige.
Louis: Tout à fait raison, Martine.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 4 Jan 2017, 06:27
Another warehouse Louis?
Louis: A new shop. In most small and midsize African towns, they use a basic warehouse construction to house worthwhile shops.
Our workers seem to want the risk of injury and death reduced to a minimum. I wonder what the accident rate is here Louis.
Louis: Yeah, work safe and ignore traffic rules or rile people who carry bombs smile The 2005 fatality rate was 0.2/1000 employees - or just say it is high. I have sat through umpteen disciplinary hearings, related to safety breaches. The workers only start caring when you change the rules to affect pay.
health and safety is clearly not a priority
Louis: Clearly, Bill.
  • blackdog
  • United Kingdom
  • 4 Jan 2017, 08:55
If you have seen Bill's picture today you will know we put up a little more scaffolding than these guys enjoy. Trouble is, it probably takes as long to put up the scaffolding as it does for these guys to finish the building.
Louis: You can also get hurt while putting up scaffolding. I saw Bill's picture, where they wrap the house in scaffolding. People should work safe, but it requires an applied mind. You know that attitude: "It will not happen to me ..." - the opposite of I have to play Lotto, because I WILL win.
  • Lisl
  • Bath, England
  • 4 Jan 2017, 09:14
And there are lots of accidents with erecting and taking down scaffolding, too
Louis: Heh, that's true. Oh, well - whether you work safe or not, is a mindset. All the guys in my picture are ignoring a number of safe working rules.
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 4 Jan 2017, 09:51
It seems you and Bill are doing a bookend job today, Louis.
Louis: Putting some pressure on the building industry, we are.
  • Richard Trim
  • Suffolk: where the sun rises first in England
  • 4 Jan 2017, 10:09
The bosses don't care about the future of their employees.
Louis: The bosses are doing the work in this case. Tendered for and won the job, cut the cost and maximise profit. So they got into it themselves.
Not for me up there.
Louis: Yes, I remained at ground level, Mary
Not much evidence of safety straps there!
Louis: No straps, no welding gloves, no safety boots, no helmets, etc
Definitely a risky way of working without safety equipment. Mind you I wouldn't go up there even if I was tied to the framework and couldn't move!
Louis: I am not particularly fond of walking around on such structures, myself, Brian.
it must be construction day Louis... you and Bill are on the same page... i like all of the angles from this point of view... they are making good use of the forklift....petersmile
Louis: Not a standard forklift, that one. Thank you peter.
Oh dear....
Louis: Exactly, Frank.
An unusual forklift...
Louis: Quite so, Larry

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