You know those reports we get up in the U.S. when there is an earthquake somewhere else in the world and like, 250,000 people die?
I always remember thinking, “MAN, those earthquakes they get in South America are WAY worse than the ones here in California!”
Now I simply realize that every building down here is just a house of cards waiting to collapse on itself.
We’ve been watching the construction of the hotel across the street for 3 weeks now, and honestly, I don’t know what’s holding it up. For real, check out the five story stair case and how the steps consist of nothing but concrete suspended in air with no support. Yeah, I think I’d take the elevator. I’m sure it’s safer.
I give major props to the guys working on this building. I’m not convinced their union has the best negotiating skills becasue the safety protocol around here is basically non-existent.
Hard hat what? Safety Harness??? Yeah right. These guys are doing brick work four stories off the ground, hanging off the edge of an unsupported concrete floor, wearing Nike running shoes from the 1970s with absolutely no traction.
Incidentally, all the bricks are carried up 5 flights of stairs by hand, 2 at a time.
Although rare, scaffolding is erected in special cases where exterior work is required, which cannot be accomplished by hanging over the edge while a buddy holds the back of your t-shirt.
The scaffolding consists of some bamboo polls tied together with some ratty twine. I’m sure it’s bomber though.
I’ve yet to see a single piece of rebar, but it’s in there somewhere, right?
I’m no engineer, but I suspect that an earthquake of any size would flatten Ecuador. Just an observation. I’m probably wrong. We should refer to the FEMA South American Earthquake Action Plan:
What to do in an earthquake:
“If you are indoors, stay indoors unless you are in the ground floor (first floor to Americans) where you can easily run outside. The best thing to do if you are indoors is to hide under a sturdy piece of furniture like a bed or desk. Do not try to head for the stairway if you are living in an upper story, as chances are the stairways may collapse.“
Yes, Thank you FEMA. We’ll follow these instructions.
I’m sure everyone will be just fine.