Thursday, April 20, 2006

Yes, They Do!

How far would you go to keep your job? Well the man that washes the windows on my building at work is pretty damn dedicated.

Last night we had a very violent thunderstorm and there are pendulous dark clouds still in the sky. Here is the weather report for Dallas today:
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Now it is pretty certain that its going to rain again today and the windows will just get dirty again. Not only that but the man who was washing the windows was standing on an aluminum ladder on the outside of a midrise building on a day when lightening could strike at any minute.

This man was also hispanic.

8 Comments:

Blogger Ariel1980 said...

Poor fellow. Don't they have rules about when they can be out there anyway, or am I being lofty by assuming they're abiding OSHA regulations? (yeah, in my dreams...)!

=)

12:03 PM  
Anonymous Kalvin said...

That's atrocious. I think it all relates back in many ways to our corporate structure in society. Do corporate employers owe duties to their employees? Yes, some. However, there first duty is to the shareholders and to make a profit. It's all just an immoral monster, and I think this is just another example of our willingness to exploit others in the name of profit without any consideration of the value of human life.

12:43 PM  
Blogger Sunshine said...

That's dreadful. And they probably don't get paid much either. :(

4:44 PM  
Blogger Maria Tells All said...

That's awful. He must need money really bad.
And (in answer to ariel1980) i think there are regulations, but a lot of companies skirt around them.

7:15 PM  
Blogger Rey a.k.a. "Mr. Secret" said...

Then again, there's an upside to this... So, here's a guy who's job in life is to wash windows - rain or shine... and he takes pride in it. So he goes out there and does it because it makes him happy, regardless of the risk.

Frankly I wish I liked MY job that much to do it even if it meant risking my life. Oh wait, I do love my job. Never mind.

12:02 AM  
Blogger Hypoxic said...

What Mr. Secret said ... except that I don't like my job at all (:

7:31 PM  
Blogger the literate donkey said...

Yes, it is atrocious. Someone mentioned that corporations act imorally due to shareholder interest, but I am a shareholder! I don't want companies that I invest in behaving this way.

It just seems to me, that in the interest of keeping costs down, employers would realize the risk they take in violating OSHA regulations and risking lawsuits by employees and/or families of decedents. I would think that employers who respect their employees enough to maintain safety regulations would experience lower turn over and better productions, but then: I live in a fantasy world.

2:31 AM  
Blogger Ed said...

God Love people dedicated to their jobs. But it's also scary that (I'm sure) almost every OSHA hazard is being broken. Can't they just use Rain X on the windows and do it every 6 months?

10:29 AM  

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