OK for ground floor but I wouldn't want a labourer to slip and the
workmen below showered with bricks.
I don't see any hard hats in the video, not that they would be much good
against a brick falling 50ft.
Plus I would imagine having a few bricks fall on your head would be a
cake-walk in comparison to all the German bombs recently doing likewise!
Living through a blitzkrieg really makes one re-calibrate one's concept
of what constitutes personal danger. :-)
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There were no ambulance chasing lawyers until fairly recently and so
unless that person's union subs were up to date giving him access to
legal advice nobody really cared if he copped the odd brick on the head
or not. Certainly not the building firms themselves.
While any compo should he have won would probably have been derisory in
In the end presumably the casualty figures persuaded the gvt. and/or the
insurance industry to act.
On Saturday, 15 September 2018 16:23:58 UTC+1, michael adams wrote:
but not act until decades later
I'd also expect that any access to lawyers was prohibitively expensive, and that a court would only have blamed whoever dropped the bricks - or possibly the victim for going where they knew it was risky, ie underneath someone moving bricks.
The fact that the guy was walking onto a crude lift floors up says it all. There was evidently scant concern for safety.
In the film the bricklayers are working on a large block of flats with continuous
In such circumsrtances its obviously easier and cheaper to rig up a lift
or lifts to lift stuff to higher floors than it is to employ hod carriers.
This is in contrast to building pairs of semi-detached houses
or similar units where installing such lifts simply wouldn't be
This has probably been the case since Victorian times if not earlier.
No special knowledge of the building industry was required to provide
this answer, just a modicum of basic common sense.
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