Posted on October 13, 2008
Filed Under >Owais Mughal, Disasters, Economy & Development
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22 responses to “The Daredevil Electricians of Pakistan”

  1. Shahid says:

    Loose clothing can cause problems in case of rotating equipment (pumps, motors and such). The loose cloths can result in being sucked in to the rotating part and cause serious injuries like maiming and even death.

    It is a shame that our electrical suppliers (WAPDA / KESC) do not stick to Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) standards (of which I am sure there are numerous volumes and trainings in each company).

    We must also consider that these companies are government controlled (exception of KESC, but look at the poor state it is in private hands). These companies have UNIONwhich put pressure on the management if any disciplinary action is taken on basis of non-compliance to HSE.

    Also, there are a lot of “political” appointments, which are usually done in the junior grades (electricians, line-men etc). I do not have to explain what a “political” appointee will do (if he does not have basic education/ vocational training).

    Lastly, similar practices is also prevalent in other “developed” countries as well (not so numerous/common though). This is the reason that the HSE business is very lucrative and cost a lot of companies a lot of time, resources and money (considerable chunk of budget).

  2. Owais Mughal says:

    Dawn publishes a story on the same topic and claims that 100 lives are lost every year in Pk due to negligence of/by electrical staff. See here