August – and Construction Safety
Wow – been away with work, and just realised how quickly the time went.
First of all – it’s now August, and I’ve been up in Sydney for a week of room service and conference delegate wrangling. Was also my sister Bob’s birthday so was able to catch up with her, on her birthday for the first time in – you know: forever.
Now – as a number of visitors to my blog, come not for the crochet nor stay for the stash diving, but because well… life is never boring and you like pictures of crashes to prove it, today I bring you a really significant bad safety demonstration.
The city in which I work in, went to a proportion of my schooling in and graduated from the Academy in, has some erm… complexities when it comes to the roads. The city is also growing courtesy of some new suburb developments to the northwest of the city-proper. Our Chief Minister (noting that Australia’s capital is located within a territory not a state) saw fit to grant approval to construct a major arterial road that was (get this) one-lane, each way.
This major arterial was to connect the extra XX,XXX homes to other arterials. And yes, the traffic flow was somewhat akin to spreading cold butter on soft bread. Aint going no-where fast, and does a lot of damge to the surface.
Now – my time in the lands of Glow in the Dark Rocks, Shiny Rocks, Red Dirt and Black Dust taught me a lot of about construction.
One thing it taught me was: that bidding for a contract didn’t always include the mobilisation and de-mob fees. In other words, the lowest bidder to build the road could augment their bank balances by charging more for the getting and setting up parts. Thus, a low bidder to build the one-lane freeway (who even thought that was a Good Idea?) gets paid squillions to do the job first time, and then $$$ come back and do the extension.
Yes, those *would* be clouds of doom hovering, care to share me in a few verses of “we’re in the money” while we wait?
Yesterday, the roadworks which have contributed to delays along the main road coming in from the west (i.e. my place) came to a crashing stop.
15 workers hospitalised, one seriously during a concrete pour on the GDE Bridge.
This is a shot (not mine) of the Eastern side of the bridge – the entire thing is now suspect, just to make it funnier.
I have been unimpressed by the scaffolding and formwork on either side of the bridge for some time and noticed the individual personal lapses of safety: helmets, goggles, gloves that speak volumes regarding the observances of safety practices as a whole.
Again – the Eastern (City side) of the Gungahlin Drive Bridge).
OH&S – sometimes you do have to sweat the small stuff.