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Workers don motorcycle helmets to protect against falling ceiling


Innovation and improvisation in workplace safety have a team of office workers at a government building in India wearing motorcycle helmets at their desks, the Hindustan Times reported on Sunday. 

Plaster is reportedly falling off the ceiling in an old building in Bihar’s East Champaran district, and the building’s construction department has deemed the building unfit for use. But authorities have found “no alternate accommodation to shift the office, putting at risk lives of its staff and civilians coming to the office,” the newspaper reported. 

Meanwhile, government employees have taken to wearing helmets for personal safety at the workplace. A photograph accompanying the online news article shows workers at desks, in front of laptop computers and other apparatus, hands on mouses and keyboards, heads adorned with shiny, bulky motorcycle helmets.

“Even the block development officer (BDO) has been forced to wear a helmet. The building construction department has already declared the structure ‘unfit,’ but no effort has been made to undertake repairs,” Manoj Paswan, a village representative, told a reporter.