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Where is this?



Does anyone recognize where this video is shot? Is it a group of students at a school (what school?), or is it an industrial site (what company)? I am anxious for someone to locate this for me, please.



Saurabh Jain, our host, has identified this location for me, and that is much appreciated.

When I watched the video, I was aghast at all those nearly bare feet in a machine shop! I can appreciate that in Indian culture, the simple sandals are socially quite acceptable, but from a safety perspective, this is an absolute horror. Think of all the opportunities for something to drop on a foot, a tool, a machine part, sparks, etc.


Some years ago (quite a few years ago), I worked in a steel mill. We were required to wear hard hats and steel toed shoes at all times in the mill. And these were not just any old steel toed shoes. These shoes came up ankle high, and had massive steel toes and an additional steel plate, called a metatarsal plate, that came up over the top of the foot almost to the ankle. Each shoe weighed 4 lb, and it was very tiring simply to walk around wearing them. But, .... and this is the key part .... they added much to our safety. Even today, in my advanced old age, I have a pair of steel toed boots (but not metatarsal plates) for when I go into an industrial environment.


What is shown in this video is actually a cautionary tale, a warning of just about everything not to do from a safety perspective. Take heed! Be warned, or you could easily loose all your toes on one foot of the other.





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Its unfortunate for the guys in the workshop that they don't work for a company that sets aside budget for even basic PPE and training in safety. There are a number of safety concerns in the video including:

No eye protection, no long sleeve shirt to the wrist, wearing jewelery/watches, no hearing protection, no hard hats, no equipment shielding and what looks like no electrical shielding from the make-shift controller.

Its an important factor to take into account when working with other companies in an industrial business. That anything they produce should be made using the same safety standards as they would be in the country the product is being purchased. Its an unfortunate lack of consideration when everyone wants things cheap, it means that something has to suffer along the production line, and that is usually the workers and their working conditions.

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Ryan, thanks for these very sound comments. As you observe, there are many hazards shown in the video, but there are two sides to the problem. One is the responsibility of management to insist on safe working conditions, and the other is the responsibility of the workers to demand safe working conditions. Safety is to the benefit of everyone one involved, including the company. Accidents mean lost work time from people already trained on thee job and possibly damage to equipment as well.

Thanks for the comment.


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