Safety first – safety last?

By | January 7, 2009

When I first came to Taiwan, I was horrified by the sheer lack of safety equipment that people wore when they were doing dangerous jobs. Didn’t they know? I would see workers doing arc welding WITHOUT any safety glasses, workers on jobsites without even basic helmets, riders on motorcycles without helmets, … the list went on and on.

While it could be said that having safety equipment makes you take unnecessary risks, not having it exposes you to dangers that could otherwise be mitigated. So… it’s still sad to see people who could otherwise be safe.

Last week, on the way home, I saw an old man in the dark riding a motorbike with no lights, no helmet, and no light clothing. He was lucky he wasn’t killed. Unfortunately, this is all too common in Taiwan.

This accident is quite common…