stairway to heaven??

Published: May 31, 2010
Updated: May 31, 2010

This is the rear of an office block under construction in District 3. The assembly of 4 bamboo ladders tied together enables workers to render and paint the outside of the building. It’s very typical of the type of scaffolding provided for workers here. As they complete a section the ladders are moved horizontally along the face of the building. The ladder is only suspended from the top and swings in any breeze. I’ve yet to see a worker attached to a safety line of any sort.

Workplace Health & Safety in Australia would have a field day with this one!


Top of the ladder showing method of suspension


Bottom of the ladder


Close-up of join between 2 ladders.

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