Is is safe to occupy an unfinished building?

@neildc (17251)
Lapu-Lapu City, Philippines
September 6, 2008 5:38am CST
My second job is terminating by the end of the month. That means on October 1, I don't have to report here and as of this moment, I have to find another to support my income from my regular job as a state worker. But before I leave this job, I have to help the staff in transferring the equipments in their new building. They just rent this office but the new building is owned by the company. Though not yet totally finished constructing, they are forced to transfer the stuff for the contract here had already finished. (neildc @ red/89/1791)
11 responses
@iyah10 (4116)
• Kuwait
8 Sep 08
I understand about your feeling on loosing a job by this end of the month and I hope that you could find another company that would certainly seen you fit in the qualified position on the type of job that you have right now and to the answer in my opinion although it is not 100% safe in the worker but the only things that the owner of the company are looking as to this time is to transfer for they were due already from their contract......
@mykmari_08 (2465)
• Philippines
8 Sep 08
How coincidental! The company I am working with for almost four years now is also planning to close shop by the end of the current year because of financial difficulties but it will come in several batches. The first batch is composed of twenty one employees and they were already given a 30-day written notice last August 15 within which they should properly turnover their accountabilities and job responsibilities to whosoever is still staying and willing to have additional tasks but without any promise of promotion or extra remuneration. If ever they have outstanding vacation leaves, they could avail of these leave credits because sad to say, these will not be commuted or converted to cash. For instance, if one still has 2 leave credits and decides to not use it up, these will be forfeited in favor of the company. Hopefully, they will receive their separation pay after a month from notice which should be on September 15, 2008. I personally am not included in the first batch and I've heard that I'm in the last batch. I take this as a blessing because admittedly, I still have a substantial amount of monetary obligations and I couldn't possible pay-off all of these unless I do have a steady income. Anyway, going back to your query, I see nothing wrong with occupying a building in the process of construction because it is in the contract. However, aside from the hassles of this, it is adviseable to wait until the building is fully finished already because you wouldn't know when accidents will happen. Remember, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.
@salonga (27830)
• Philippines
8 Sep 08
So you are really saying goodbye to that job of yours. And they are now transferring to a building of their own... it's just sad that you will not be with them in the new office anymore. Well there really is an end to everything but what is good is that your life does not end there. I am very certain that God has something better in store for you. I hope you find that soon!
@lingli_78 (12836)
• Australia
7 Sep 08
i don't think it is safe... i'm just afraid that the unfinished building will fall off or anything... anyway, i think they have to evaluate the conditions of the new building to ensure the safety before they force the staff to transfer to the new building... if anything happen to the building and the staff is injured, they can get sued for it... take care and have a nice day...
• Philippines
6 Sep 08
Good day... It depends on what percentage the building completion had reached before your company decided to move in. I mean if it's 90% complete I think structurally it is safe but then you have to be aware of some falling debris and the very strong smell of paints.
• Denmark
6 Sep 08
it is safe.
@Bluepatch (2480)
• Trinidad And Tobago
6 Sep 08
It depends on what part of the building is completed. If things can fall down on you then its not safe. Its pretty hard having to look for another job like this. I'm always surprised how easy it is for people just to lose their livelihood. It seems to happen all the time and that just about everywhere. Here in Trinidad it happens all the time as well.
6 Sep 08
Hi neil, I don't think is safe to enter a building that is not finished you can have an accident so be very careful, your firm should not have ask you to tranfer the equipments befo the building is finished. Tamara
@checapricorn (16065)
• United States
6 Sep 08
hmmm....If you guys are in the ground floor, I will be very confident about it as long as everything was checked like electricity, fire materials as well as fir exit, you know! Anyway, I know before the head will decide to move for sure, they are making sure about all those details!
@Arkie69 (2156)
• United States
6 Sep 08
This depends a lot on the way the building is built, at what stage it is and how well it is built. There are ways an unfinished building can be safer than one that is finished. The ceiling in most buildings can be very dangerous especially if they have a bunch of insulation on top of them. If you get a leak in the roof the insulation on top of the ceiling can hold a lot of water and can bring the ceiling down. Sometimes this can happen over a large area and can be a lot of weight. I saw this happen one time and what it didn't smash to bits the water ruined it. It happened at night though and no one was hurt. If it had happened between about 7 AM and 6 PM several people would have been killed.
@dhangski (3194)
• Philippines
6 Sep 08
It is really very unsafe to be occupying an unfinished building. The company should have thought about this situation before their contract expired. The dangers of which is if there's a falling debris. P.S. I hope you'll find a better part-time job for you. Wish you all the luck best. HUGZ!