I’m walking down the street today and I spot three guys working on the power lines. Being the curious type guy that I am, I stop to watch. And then I start to notice things.
Here’s the scene as I first came across it around the corner from the apartment. Two guys up on ladders running power lines along the street.
On the sidewalk is their ‘helper’ and, I guess, safety man.
It didn’t take but a few minutes for me to figure out that Argentina’s way of doing things flat wouldn’t fly in America..but then I’m not in America.
As I looked closer, I saw a couple of interesting things.
First, I noticed that the guy on the ladder closest to me had a safety strap on. Then I noticed that the safety strap was attached to the ladder he was standing on. Yep,, you read that right. But the ladder wasn’t attached to anything secure … other than the guy standing on the ladder.
So, if the ladder fell, it was going to take the man with it and if the man fell, well, he’d pull the ladder right down on top of him.
The other thing I noticed, see the guy on the sidewalk that looks like he’s holding a rope? The other end of the rope is attached to…wait for it…the ladder. I didn’t figure out what purpose a rope attached to a ladder was supposed to serve.
Since I didn’t have alot of time to ponder the situation, I grabbed a few shots and went on my way.
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