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Flip-Flops on the Job Site

Jun 8 | By David_Roxas | Views: 522 | Comments: 10

What's up with Filipinos wearing flip-flops or slippers on the job site?  It's just not safe at all.  








These are all mundane everyday examples of disregarding safety on the job site in the Philippines.  But the guy below really takes the cake in terms of stupidity and being unsafe.





So they decided to demolish a building and they have an excavator digging up the rubble and depositing it in a truck.  




On top of the truck is this guy. I guess his job is to make sure all the rubble is evenly sorted so the excavator can deposit the maximum amount. But what is he wearing?  Shorts and a t-shirt. No hard hat.  No pants.  No gloves.  No long-sleeved shirt.  No eye protection.  And......



No boots!  He is wearing slippers! Does he not realise he could step on a sharp rock or piece of metal or some other piece of rubble and puncture his foot?  


How is he even allowed on the site dressed like that?


This guy is a tragedy just waiting to happen.  At any moment the excavator could drop a load and the rubble fall right on top of him rendering instant death or serious injury. This is not like in the above pictures where the worker is in a relatively safe spot.  This is a demolition zone.  If you look carefully at the first picture you will see a "Men At Work" sign acknowledging this is a construction site and you will see a man walking around towards the far right.


Who is he?  The foreman?  He is not dressed right either.  He's not wearing a hardhat and it looks like he's not wearing steel-toe boots.


To be completely honest this is not always how it is.  There are several construction sites around town right now where the workers are dressed appropriately in hard hats, boots, eye protection, and all the rest.  I think the difference is that those sites are high profile projects where the city is making a huge investment and therefore there are a lot of eyes watching.


These workers are wearing the appropriate PPE


But those sites are the exception and not the rule.  The rule is "get it done no matter what." Workers dressed inappropriately for the job is too common a sight. The Philippines needs an office like OSHA to make sure working conditions are safe.


Oh wait, they already have an OSHA office.  


http://www.oshc.dole.gov.ph

The problem, like many problems in the Philippines, is enforcement.  No one enforces the laws.


And that puts everyone at risk.

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pulubi
Jun 8
bayaan mo na chinelas lang
85andbelow
Jun 9
DOLE handles this stuff. We bought all the worker shoes as required but they were back to flip flops a week later. Said their feet hurt, probably because it was the first pair of real shoes any of them had ever worn.
DingDong
Jun 9
Contractors in ‘League Division One’ usually have to comply with International Health and Safety standards; which are enforced on site. Whereas, the ‘Sunday League Contractors’ pay no heed to Safety whatsoever. The general level of Skill and Finesse is very low indeed!

‘Enforcement’ is one of the biggest problems which will ultimately affect ‘The Build!’ Many ‘Small Time Contractors’ will consider ‘Enforcement’ as an opportunity to ‘Fine and Penalise!’ – Which will only lead to ‘Organised Sabotage’ and a drop in production.

When building my own house and office here a few years ago, I tackled the problem from the opposite direction. There were 3 Regular Tradesmen and 2 Labourers. Day One saw them arrive in ‘Safety Slippers,’ Vests and Shorts. There were no Boots, or Hard Hats! However, by Day Two they had been ‘Kitted-Out’ in the same way as my own Site Supervisors! – Hard Hat, Polo Shirt (With Logo), Cargo Pants/Shorts and Boots. Everything was the same Brand and Colour, except for the Foreman who had a Yellow Hard Hat, rather than White. By the end of the Week One, some of the Sub-Contractors were asking “Where can we buy the same?” Other items, such as Goggles, Ear Defenders, and Gloves were also available.

The same went for Tools. Initially, there was little difference between a Screwdriver and a Chisel, Saws had no Teeth, Spades had handles missing, and there was always 6” missing from Tape Measures! New Tools were bought and kept in a Cabinet – Everything was counted at the end of the day! Damage and Pilferage was minimised my ‘Giving’ the tools to the workers at the end of the job! The First Phase of the Project was the construction of Workers Accommodation (Solid Construction that would eventually form part of the Office), having Toilet, Shower, Kitchen and Sleeping Accommodation.

Yes, there were some Direct Costs to absorb. However, the benefits were

1. Workers had greater Self-Esteem from looking Smarter.
2. It also enabled them to appear ‘Superior’ to workers on other sites.
3. Instantly, the site appeared to be more ‘Organised.’
4. There were Zero Accidents, and Minimal Absenteeism.
5. Passers-By began to notice, which led to enquiries and further work.
6. The Project finished On-Time and Within Budget (3 Months had been programmed for a 250m2 Build rather than the usual 6 Months (Bukas Siguro!)
Contractors in ‘League Division One’ usually have to comply with International Health and Safety standards; which are enforced on site. Whereas, the ‘Sunday League Contractors’ pay no heed to Safety w...See more
CaptainPFB Admin
Jun 9
Better they have sore feet than no feet at all from an accident, had they been wearing safety boots, would have prevented serious injury. Bottom line is, it should be up to the site forman/supervisor to make sure PPE is being worn, otherwise, no entry into the job site. But that is just too complicated for these idiots. And the thing is, for every one person who complains / refuses to wear PPE, there are 50 ready willing and able to take their place. Yet the supervisors don't use that to make their workers comply. This is why we say flips are so ignorant about everything.Better they have sore feet than no feet at all from an accident, had they been wearing safety boots, would have prevented serious injury. Bottom line is, it should be up to the site forman/supervisor ...See more
CaptainPFB Admin
Jun 9
On the other hand, I used to pass by several job sites all the time, and outside the entrance to the site, there are large tarp posters about PPE showing the required dress and a warning: "NO PPE, NO ENTRY". But that is usually only on large construction sites contracted by major developers.On the other hand, I used to pass by several job sites all the time, and outside the entrance to the site, there are large tarp posters about PPE showing the required dress and a warning: "NO PPE...See more
David_Roxas
Jun 9
Captain you are right. Job safety varies from site to site. Construction workers building a house out in the middle of nowhere will not be wearing any PPE or taking any safety precautions but at the new malls going up full PPE is required and there are guards all around the place.

I think a lot has to do with the mind set of the worker too. Some workers see no reason to wear it because they have never been injured or it gets in the way.
Captain you are right. Job safety varies from site to site. Construction workers building a house out in the middle of nowhere will not be wearing any PPE or taking any safety precautions but at the n...See more
Jackson
Jun 9
They weld with no welding shield!!!!! Imagine being blind by 30 years old.
pulubi
Jun 10
for your eyes only lol
85andbelow
Jun 10
DOLE is all over those big job sites. They are like OSHA here in the U.S., you won't find them on small shop floors or small construction sites, they want to hit the big boys that can afford to pay the huge fines. Most of OSHA's largest fines are for paperwork violations, not for not having a lock out on a motor switch or not wearing safety glasses.DOLE is all over those big job sites. They are like OSHA here in the U.S., you won't find them on small shop floors or small construction sites, they want to hit the big boys that can afford to pay th...See more
schindle
Jun 15
Safety? That's Western logic, Filipinos doing it the Filipino way is way better.
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