Daily Archives: April 20, 2013

Health and Safety Culture?

For a few weeks we have been watching the house being built across the road.   It is fascinating, so different to how things are done back in the UK.   Essentially they are building a concrete frame, the concrete strengthened with loads of iron bars.  Bricks and everything else will then be placed around this frame.  The process involves wooden structures supported by metal beams being filled with concrete and left to dry. We have visions of these failing and a river of liquid concrete running down the street.  Fortunately we are uphill from the building and so far the wood and iron has held the massive weight of tons of liquid concrete.

Yesterday evening exceeded anything we have seen before in terms of health and safety.  We don’t expect to see hard hats.  Or builders footwear.  Or safety harnesses at use at height.  Wellies are good for wading through liquid concrete.  Hard hats are for others.  Harnesses are for Europeans.   This is normal.

But.  Working on the top of the second floor.  Manhandling the outflow of the housebuildingconcrete pump.  No hats or harnesses or any other safety gear.  After sunset, in the dark, with no lighting….  We can only assume when finished they counted out their workmates to be sure all were accounted for.

A view of the upper surface they were working on in the dark last night.  The concrete pump finally left at ten past ten…  Sunset occurred at approximately 7:45.