Notre-Dame de Paris: lead, showers and debris

Posted on August 11, 2020 at 6:00 p.m.- Updated on August 12, 2020 at 3:03 p.m.

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Investigation "Notre-Dame, la renaissance" (3/5).The rubble still smoking, an army of workers, scientists, researchers bends over the "great wounded".But the lead of the roof and the spire Broken polluted everything.On July 25, 2019, the work was stopped.

And if the man of the Notre-Dame construction site, his symbol, his incarnation, was him? Not the whimsical architect Philippe Villeneuve, not the loud-mouthed general Jean-Louis Georgelin, not even one of those incredible companions, rope access workers hanging on their harnesses or master scaffolders, geniuses of the Mikado.But he, Blaise Gomis, 49 years, eight of which spent cleaning up the worst sites in France.Refineries, nuclear facilities, factories drowned in asbestos or buildings filled with lead have so far been the mainstays of ADNE, its employer.

The day before our meeting, on June 2, he again trained for the dismantling of the Fessenheim plant (Haut-Rhin)."Obviously, I never thought I would find myself here one day", assures us He still shines with amazement.Then the whole face lights up."But here I am, the 'rastaman' of Notre-Dame, as they say, Mr.Clean.And a loud laugh explodes.

Impossible for the regulars of the place to miss his dreadlocks, the metallic cross which hangs from his neck, the loop in his left nostril and his explosive bursts of your team a white paw.The changing rooms where you put your city stuff, all down to your underwear, before putting on disposables; the showers, hair included, that we take each time we leave the polluted area but also the maintenance of the premises, the keeping of registers, the checking of the equipment, the cleaning of the filters, it is him.calls it the “sasman.” On the site, it burst into flames in July 2019.

Posted Date: 2020-11-21

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