Wednesday, 21 December 2016

Punished for working

Came across the following news item on Daily Mail today.
A construction worker was photographed working at a site 90 feet in the air, without protective gear.  He was eventually photographed by those working in the neighbouring high-rise offices and health and security officials notified. Not only was he reprimanded, he was sentenced to six months imprisonment, suspended for 18 months and fined £ 1,400 and ordered to pay costs of £ 2,939.18.  But why did he dare do that? Because he wanted to speed up the work, since the project was three weeks behind schedule. And what was the point of accusation? He could kill or injure himself and/or others, if he fell.

Wow!  Contrast this with the numerous workers around the globe outside the Western world.  Involved in hazardous tasks day in and day out, if they were to be penalized as this young man, they'd be imprisoned for generations to come!!

We really live in different worlds!

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