Thursday, April 2, 2009

OSHA? Not Here!

OSHA is the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, the federal agency in responsible for all the warning labels and cautions we Americans are used to seeing on everything. For a total change of pace, here's a month of construction on the building next door to our hotel.
8 March 2009
The top floor is even with the fifth floor of our hotel. 9 March 2009
Zoomed out for a fuller view. 10 March 2009
It appears that they're adding a floor. They've also bricked in part of the lower floor.
11 March 2009
A morning view in the fog and an afternoon one in the clear. It looks as though they didn't do too much today.
12 March 2009

They're getting the top floor framed, and they've finished bricking in that lower floor.
13 March 2009
More framing done, and it appears they might be planning for another floor on top of this one.
16 March 2009
I missed a couple of days, but there was work done. 17 March 2009
They're closing in the ceiling/floor.
19 March 2009
Another day I missed and another foggy morning.
21 March 2009
They appear to have slowed down a bit, or perhaps they're working on the other side of the building.
22 March 2009
Where did all the supports go?
23 March 2009
24 March 2009
There's almost a brick wall there.
25 March 2009
More brick wall!
27 March 2009
It's definite. There will be another floor.
29 March 2009
Looks as if they'll be pouring some sort of supports soon.
30 March 2009
They're going to town on that next floor!
1 April 2009
For reference, this man is standing on the top of what will be the seventh floor of the building. He is wearing no safety harness of any kind. He isn't wearing a hard hat either. I've only seen one construction worker with a hardhat here, and he was using it to scoop cement. And if you'll notice how far up the rebar extends on the support columns, there may very well be an eighth floor!

Some other construction notes. If the brickwork looks shoddy, it's because it will be covered up with cement on the outside and wall material of some sort on the inside. THey re-use everything that they can here. I watched one worker take a board, hammer all the nails back through it, then put the board up against another board and hammer the same nails back through the first board to attach it to the second. And if you think you haven't seen much finished lumber, you're right. You haven't. The supports all look like branches, and the pieces of lumber I have seen are far from new. It's amazing how fast everything goes up. Would I have thought when we arrived that I'd see two stories added to the building next door? Certainly not, but I did. And by the time the next UVa professor arrives here in two or three weeks, they may have finished constructing the structure and moved on to covering the brick work. OSHA? They don't have that here yet.

1 comment:

VA said...

USA and European Construction depends on metal and concrete as well as wood. All 3 are in short supply in the Middle and Far East - watched the same type of construction on house next door to me in Tehran, and when it fell down began to wonder about the one I was living in! It was easier not to think about it. Time and progress march slowly!