Welcome back to This is India! I always have funny/weird stories about India to share with friends or family when I talk to them. This is just meant to be an honest portrayal about my life in India through short anecdotes. I also share here what I’ve been up to online outside Hippie in Heels.
What I was up to other than here:
- Istanbul has been incredible and I’m so glad I went. After the terrorist attack a couple weeks ago, I was a little hesitant because it was targeting to tourists and this was a tourism event that the controversial Turkish president was speaking at. I felt completely safe there although did think the tourist area of Sultanahmet seemed a little empty, but I have nothing to compare it to since this was my first time there. I loved the city and I’m sad to leave… it was so nice to explore Europe again and was nice to spend the last 5 days wandering alone like I did in Europe years ago.
- I will be updating a lot about it soon – I’m actually really behind on freelance work (the stuff that pays the bills, aka not this blog lol) so might be a little MIA until Monday on emails and such.
Now your story,
I’ve always worried for the road workers in India when it comes to safety standards… and if there are any. I find that there are never warning signs saying “men at work” or any kind of rules about slowing down when you drive. The work they do is sometimes fully manual labor with breaking rocks with pick axes and carrying them on their head, and sometimes machinery is used to.
Here is a scene from the dangerous road heading up to the Sela Pass.
These guys are hired and trained by the BRO (Border Roads Organization). I’m not really up on safety codes, but this was the typical road working scene up there. Here in Goa they work with no signs as well and traffic certainly doesn’t slow down… then again here, traffic doesn’t even make room for an ambulance most times, truly.
Here’s another guy hard at work, doing something electrical with no one spotting him on that tall “ladder”.
I’ve gotten quite used to seeing men at work here in conditions that don’t seem safe, which is a little sad. They don’t make much money to be doing such dangerous work either. I wonder why Indian companies don’t have stricter rules regulated by the government to keep workers safe? Maybe is there no workers comp here, or suing for injury on the job?
This is India!
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