When I think about Construction, I envision the Construction sites I was used to seeing when growing up in America.
Men in hard hats, reflective vests, dungaree’s and their steel toe boots climbing around on rebar platforms carrying a load of tools or operating machinery to bring up large loads of material.
But then I moved to India and that perception changed. Most construction sites in my area are as unlike this visualization as they can be.
Poor migrant workers actually live on the construction site with the entire family. Including their wives who also work by their husband’s side and their children who use the construction site as their own personal play ground.
Note that there is bamboo where I’m used to seeing rebar. Also, not a helmet in sight. Also, the children playing in the gravel. ::shudder::
A workers child runs off with his Kaka’s shoes. Another (and much smaller) child attired after his Aunty’s spent 20 minutes chasing him around the site after a bath and he was too happy being buck-naked to care.
Still no helmets, vests, or steel toed shoes. Actually, most of them either wear sandals or nothing at all. I can barely stand to walk across rough sand….how do they do it??
Way up high and still no helmets, a few had no shoes. Also, they are doing some seriously hard work up there with no protective clothing or gloves.
And THIS is how the construction materials are sent up to the workers on the top floor. Sometimes the lift doesn’t work and it’s pulled up by hand. Notice the use of bamboo instead of rebar for both the shaft and to support the newly constructed concrete floors.
Just in case someone falls, they have nets. ::shudder::
OOPS! There’s a whole there fella’s! I watch this hole over the course of 3 months and it kept getting bigger. Then one day I watched them patch over it with concrete siding. All fixed….I guess.
So, what is the moral of this story? I don’t really know. Forcing the Builders and Developers to have better equipment and safety standards for their workers doesn’t really mean anything if there is no ‘bite’ to those who are offenders.
India has a long way to come with regards to protecting her workers.