Monday, March 4, 2013

Rooftop workers

A closer view of yesterday's photo shows some workers at the cupola on top of one of the buildings at the Tamarindo Diria Resort.  It looks like they are fixing a light that shines on the dome at night.

I get nervous when I see workers on a roof, although it looks like they are on a flat part of the roof.  The roof tiles that you see are generally not strong enough to hold a man's weight without breaking.

Mu wife is a leading authority on worker safety and fall protection.  The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has had her speak at national conferences on Protecting Spanish Speaking Workers because many of the construction workers in the US come from Latin America.  Julie works with many companies to help them comply with OSHA standards and to defend them when needed.

In the US, OSHA regulations would require measures such as lanyards and harnesses to tie off workers up on a roof, with regulations regarding the strength of the lanyards, etc.  

By the way,  in Costa Rica the construction and agricultural workforce is composed heavily of people from Nicaragua, which has a per capita income about one-third of Costa Rida.  

And speaking of Nicaragua, this week we have photos of waterfowl along the shores of Lake Nicaragua posted on on our Viva la Voyage travel photo site.


Judy said...

I don't like high places either. I try to stay off of roofs and such but I did go out onto the Skywalk up at the Grand Canyon.
This is a nice shot of the workers.

glenda said...

Standars are certainly different in different countries.

Jack said...

I had a feeling that this would be the topic you would address. I'm just glad I don't have to be up on the roof, whether harnessed or not.

Kate said...

They look so casual and relaxed, but it still makes me nervous to see roofers doing their work at such a height. Takes only one misstep!

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