Notre Dame Fire

Revered Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris burns down

In a shocking tragedy for Parisians, one of the most famous (and oldest) structures in Europe crumbled to the ground Monday after a fire started in the revered Notre Dame Cathedral.

As of Thursday morning, questions remain as to whether the fire might have been caused by an electrical problem.

A second possibility is that a worker dropped a cigarette. Both of these theoretical causes fall under long-established OSHA and NFPA general workplace safety guidelines—while the former‘s violations primarily pertain to the dangers of co-worker exposure to secondhand smoke, both organizations have long tried to work to uphold standards of electrical safety and workplace smoking risks. In France, OSHA’s European body educates alongside the Ministry of Labour, which draws up and implements French occupational health and safety policy and manages cooperation with the social partners in the COCT (Steering Committee on Working Conditions), as well as the International Labour Organization, which also actively equips workplaces and maintenance undertakings with safety guidelines.

While the exact cause of the fire remains to be seen, it was announced within 24 hours that there are definite plans to rebuild, which obviously will include electrical components. As of Thursday morning, at least $600 million Euros in funding had been reportedly raised by various French billionaires and associations.

The fire may potentially involve renovation work that was being carried out at the cathedral, Paris’ fire service said. Extensive scaffolding covered a portion of the roof as part of the $6.8 million project before the fire broke out.

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