Safety last

Ladder in a warehouse

Originally uploaded by about indo

Ok, in order to do some work on the ceiling, the workman stands on the top rung (yes, the top rung) of this ladder, which stands on four pallets, which stand on a scaffold. To give you an idea of scale, you can just see a two-storey office in the corner of the warehouse on the left-hand edge of the pic. So the height is about the same as the roof of a three-storey building. And he’s standing on a narrow slat, working on something overhead. It’s a pity he wasn’t there at the time I took the pic, but I probably wouldn’t have been able to bear watching if he had been there.
It’s a new building. I was told that one of the guys who helped put the roof on had a limp from the damage done to his legs and hips from previous falls, but once he starts climbing, you wouldn’t know it, he’s so agile in the air. Clearly, Indonesian riggers dont bother with harnesses or much else by way of safety equipment.


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