Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Engineers At Work?

For the 10 days I stayed at the Taj, this sign and scaffolding set up remained at the poolside.  Not once did I see an actual "engineer" near the sign or working adjacent (other than myself).  I DID see a small cadre of manual laborers, who were each diminutive in height, climb the ladder-less scaffolding and pass large boxes up to each other, without any fall harnesses, safety equipment, or OSHA-like regulations, working on the 5 story scaffold.  The rope shown, was not used, on the day I observed the 6 workers pass a 1 meter by 1/2 meter rectangular box up from one man to the next, precariously.

In a country of 1.1 billion people, apparently 'life is cheap'.  If someone demands some safety equipment, they can easily be replaced by someone who'll work without any. 

The "lowest story" of the green windows, is the 3rd floor, and the ground on which the scaffold is constructed is sloped towards the pool.  Yikes. It would have been much better to have the workers just use the guest elevators and get to the windows they were working on from the inside.

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