In an effort to make the working conditions better for its electricians, the Chennai Corporation has hit upon the idea of providing them goggles fitted with LED lights for use at night.
One hundred UV-resistant goggles were handed over to the electricians by Mayor M.Subramanian on Thursday to be used while attending to complaints of non-burning street lights and faults on pillars after sunset.
T. Prabhakaran, an electrician from Nungambakkam zone, said, “When a bulb needs to be replaced at night, we have to work in darkness and are forced to hold a torch light in one hand or between our teeth,” he said.
P.Palani, an electrician from Saidapet zone said since the goggles were UV resistant, there was protection for their eyes from sparks. The goggles would also help prevent dust and small electrical parts from entering the eyes.
The goggles cost Rs.650 each and are powered by cells commonly used in wrist watches.
The Mayor also handed over to the electricians 175 electrical kits, each costing Rs.1,000 and containing 10 tools, including pliers, spanners, screwdrivers, line tester, insulation tape and knife.
Mr. Subramanian said that in the last four years the civic body installed 20,595 new streetlights, at a cost of Rs.30.89 crore, and 37 high mast lamps, at a cost of Rs.1.85 crore.
Corporation Commissioner Rajesh Lakhoni participated in the function.