Monday, March 05, 2007

Dhaka's Spiderman or death trap!

Satmasjid Road, Dhanmondi

Mohakhali (pic Daily Star) commercial area

TMC building, New Eskaton Road

West Tejtoribazar, Dhaka

Picture of 'mechanical cradle' used in highrise buildings in western countries

The photos showing workers hanging dangerously on rope and bamboo ladder on high-rise structures risking their lives are a common sight in Bangladesh. Many poor workers die every year falling from heights and many more are seriously injured. In advanced countries, mechanical ‘cradles’ and ‘mobile elevated work platforms’ are provided in any highrise structure to workers to work on exterior plaster, painting, window cleaning etc. But, such equipments are hardly provided by the builders here. The poor labourers are forced to work on ropes and bamboos with skills of ‘Spiderman’.
The tragic fire of BSEC bldg. Karwanbazar should be a wake-up call for everyone and the authority should force the builders to provide standard safety devices for the labours working at great height.


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