September 19, 2006 | Mark Paradies

One Step Away from Death

Construction

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Onestepaway

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I’m in Chicago teaching a 5-Day TapRooT® Course.

Across from our hotel is a construction site (I haven’t been able to identify the construction company but the high-rise is called the Cityfront Plaza).

I took the video above and some still photos of some block layers workin about 10 stories up with no fall protection and no railings between them and a 10 story fall.

They lean over the edge.

They work with their backs to the edge.

SO FAR no one has been killed.

But they are only one step away – just one moment of not thinking – from death.

I’m going to try to identify the general contractor and find their safey person because they obviously need to intervene before something bad happens.

PS: This isn’t the only safety problem that we’ve observed – just the one with the highest likelihood of a fatality.

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