Working at Heights

As I write this, a team of workers is doing repairs on the church across the street. That does not sound like anything special, but there is actually quite a bit of danger involved as the repairs need to be done to the top of the church steeple. A couple of months back, lightning struck the steeple causing it to briefly catch fire and then fall off. This church has been here for over 100 years and to my knowledge, this is the first time that something of this sort has happened.

While a crane will be involved in lifting the steeple to its proper height, the rest has to be done by human beings. As someone who is afraid of heights, and feel queasy just watching the process from across the street, this got me thinking as to just what sort of inner strength is required to do that job on a regular basis.

Many years back, Native Americans were often hired to do bridge construction because they tended not to have the same phobia about heights as other groups. Safety standards were far more lax back then compared to what they are nowadays. People working at heights must undergo specific training to learn all of the risks and safety gear involved in the job. This training can only be done by people who have undergone special training and examination themselves. It is not acceptable for one worker to train another unless the worker doing the training has undergone the same level of certified preparation.

That makes me feel a bit better about the safety of the workers I am now looking at. However, this remains a job I simply could not do because I get queasy standing on top of a step ladder. Thankfully there are men and women out there with the mettle to do this sort of important assignment.