Monday, March 4, 2013
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.