Travel: What it’s like to visit China – Workplace and Government Safety Standards
Just writing that title made me laugh because I remember seeing how many workplace violations there would be if they were in North America under rules.
CLEANING SKYSCRAPER WINDOWS AS A JOB
So no big deal, just a bunch of people cleaning skycrapers…. right?
ON FRICKING ROPES AND PLASTIC BUCKETS.
These are NOT small skyscrapers either.
They are HUGE. TALL. SKY. SCRAPING. SKY SCRAPERS.
I saw this and had to do a double-take.
PEOPLE TAKING MATTERS INTO THEIR OWN HANDS
Need an air conditioner? Can’t carry it up the stairs or want an easier way?
Just lift it with some ropes, by yourself, without ANY concern for passerbys crossing around who could be killed by a falling air conditioner.
Just another day in China.
BAMBOO CONSTRUCTION SITES
These looked surprisingly sturdy, except for the fact that they don’t use super strong twist zip ties as they do in Hong Kong to set up construction sites.
These bamboo things go across huge buildings to fix and repair them, but in China, they’re held together by… what is that.. ROPE?
Needless to say, safety helmets, harnesses… not really something that’s on the top of their list.
But if you are a foreign company building in China, you may have different ideas on what constitutes “workplace safety”:
WORKING ON METAL
Their idea of blocking off an area, is a bunch of flags on a rope.
What’s worse, is that if you look closely at the welder, he just has a CLOTH OVER HIS FACE.
Not even a proper welding mask.
His glasses? Sunglasses. Probably not even polarized, they looked like normal safety glasses.
No protective gear… that’s how they roll there.
KIDS TRAVELING WITHOUT HELMETS IN THIS CRAZY TRAFFIC
This really made my heart skip.
Can you imagine biking in this kind of traffic, with these lack of safety regulations and rules, going right beside buses with your KID(S) balancing on the back?
Not a helmet in sight.
A DAYCARE UNDERNEATH BUTCHER TABLES