Friday, December 21, 2007

Hazardous job



















A young man painting poles. These poles are 30 foot or more in height. This guy was sitting on a makeshift swing. Another guy is holding the other end of the rope and lowered it bit by bit. This guy climbed up the pole with his bare hands and feet. The rope was swung over the horizontal bar that houses the lighting unit at the top of the pole. He was not wearing any gloves, helmet or eye protection. His hands and arms were covered in the silver paint he was using to paint the pole. He was using some rags instead of a brush. He dipped the rags in the can of paint and within a few seconds he was painting almost a couple of feet! It is common to see young guys painting the rapidly growing new buildings without any safety harness.
Some of the reputed builders provide their employees safety harnesses. Due to the rapid growth, all the skilled people (electricians, carpenters, plumbers) and even most unskilled people are able to find jobs easily. Some of the skilled people are able to upgrade their skills because the bigger companies that employ them use modern equipments and tools which they would not be able to learn otherwise. I am not sure if there are safety laws, but from what I have seen around, it seems that there aren't any, and even if there were, it would be extremely difficult to implement them.

"New legislation has just been adopted by the International Labor Organization on the Worst Forms of Child Labor, such as bonded labor, prostitution and hazardous work." -Carol Bellamy

"Some companies now have their own codes of conduct against the use of child labor. The problem is monitoring their implementation." -Carol Bellamy

10 comments:

oremuna said...

:)

julia said...

Best wishes for the festive season!
More recently workers have to attached by rope etc here.

Nihal said...

Ciao Hyderabad dalla bellissima CittĂ  Eterna Roma:) Natale on air here, and everywhere red and green, perfectly decorations even on the streets! Allora... just wanted to say Hello and thanks for your very kind message. Let me wish you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. Ci vediamo, ciaciao da Nihal.

Hyde DP said...

here the health-and-safety rules go a bit overboard sometimes

Neva said...

Not a job I would want to do!It takes a while to get companies to care about their employees safety.

sanjay said...

I liked your photoblog on hyderabad very much.being a hyderabad living in united states, photoblogs like this keeps me closer to home. wish there are more like this. your photoblog reminds me of http://www.durhamtownship.com/index.html. look forward to see more such posts

Olivier said...

Je te souhaite un JOYEUX NOEL et te propose de venir chanter Noel sur mon DP BLOG D'EVRY. Bonnes FĂȘtes.


I wish you all a MERRY CHRISTMAS and invites you to come sing on my DP Noel D'EVRY BLOG. Happy Holidays.

Me said...

I am thankful not to have that job. Are you celebrating any holiday season there? We are celebrating Christmas. I would like to wish you a good holiday, if you celebrate any this time of year. (And I apologize for not knowing)

Web-OJ said...

Human life nevre held much importance in India... so much more the pity. Good pic, though.

Happy Christmas. Never mind your caste. I know as Indians, we celebrate everything! ;-)

Hyderabad Daily Photo said...

@weboj - Thanks! Wish you a Merry Christmas. I consider myself a "universal citizen", not of any religion or any caste. :)

@me - Thanks! Wish you a good holiday season and Merry Christmas. We have various festivals here - Diwali for Hindus, Eid for Muslims and Christmas is also celebrated here.