Ev and I spent the morning down at the job site pushing a funky sort of big-headed roofing nails into plastic or rubber caps. Dan came along and helped too after he got Ewa set for the morning. (She blogged and then had an opportunity to do some work with women on reproductive health, I think.) When we ran out of caps, Rick had us count the capped nails and then asked me to do the math on nails per metal sheet and sheets per chapel side or triangle. After stepping it off and calculating rather carefully, I was impressed that Rick's ballpark guess came out the same as my calculations.
When we first got to the site, I was nervous about the many nails lying around and my thin-soled shoes. I didn't even notice that most of the Lui guys were working barefoot or in flipflops. But after a few minutes Rick came over and asked which of us could do some first aid for a guy with a puncture wound from stepping on a nail. I had rubber gloves and an antiseptic towelette, and Rick gave me ointment and bandaids. I tied my bandanna around the foot to keep the bandaids on. I really wished that he'd had sturdy shoes and I'd had a prefilled syringe with anti-tetanus meds in it (not that I think I could actually give a tetanus shot!).
Later Dan, Ev, and I were picking up nails in the chapel to prevent more such wounds when a carpenter on the roof dropped his hammer onto the floor below. How I wished for a hardhat! Then I noticed that a lot of the schoolkids, who'd been lurking around us all day, had gotten terrifyingly close to the walls of the chapel, where ladders leaned and nailers nailed, and to guys on the ground using power tools. OSHA gets and maybe deserves a bad rap sometimes, but this morning I really had a jolt of awareness that I have absorbed the safety-precaution mentality of our culture.
So it's 4:30 am Monday at home, and for us the day has already seen that much action. I never stop being kind of astounded at the time thing :) By the way, the roof sheets are going up at an impressive pace. The way Rick and Erik work with their teams is admirable and effective. Having seen the site in full swing, I'm all the more impressed at the level of safety and lack of serious injury they're maintaining in this OSHA-free environment.