Limits, boundaries and dividers Some serve to protect workers


“Most people come to know only one corner of their room, one spot near the window, one narrow strip on which they keep walking back and forth.”Rainer Maria Rilke, Letters to a Young Poet

Maintenance workers at a local mall are suspended 40 feet up in the air via an extended  hydraulic crane’s arm work cautiously on a protective platform. Their walking space is extremely limited but their skill at performing such a task at this height is evident. 

Buildings after a certain amount of time require maintenance and updating.Attractive outdoor marquees and logos eventually succumb to the ravages of weather and exposure to the elements. When this happens employees are needed to perform the facelift.

This two-man repair crew( see insert)  worked efficiently and safely while being suspended high in the sky above a local mall’s parking lot area. The weather this day was sunny and the worker’s experience and skill at working at such heights evident as they went about their work tearing down an old theater marquee ravaged by time .

This behind-the-scenes operation places the employees at great risk for personal injury and death but their training, experience and trusting their equipment to protect them from harm enables them to complete the task confidently.

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4 Comments on Limits, boundaries and dividers Some serve to protect workers

  1. I’ve always admired workers who cleaned windows or did maintenance work on very high high-rise buildings. And they usually start nice and early in the morning, just about when we are getting up and going to work. They really are considerate and try to stay out of our way as much as possible. I’m sure their equipment are very safe as we often don’t hear about accidents in their line of work, at least here in Australia.

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    • You are so right Mabel. They are usually considerate and courteous employees. Their job is hazardous but their professionalism and attention to safety always shines thrugh. Thanks for your thoughts. Enjoy the day.

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  2. Never, ever could I do anything that involved heights. My hat is off to those workers; I am sure it takes a special kind to do what they do. Thanks, Gerry.

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