The Great Leap: Scenes from China’s industrial revolution – Bill McKibben

From The Harpers, via A Glimpse of the World:

On the flight from Newark to Beijing, I read the following small item in the China Daily:

According to media reports, several air conditioner installers have fallen to their deaths in the last couple of days in Beijing alone.

As the sweltering summer heat sweeps the country, sales of air conditioning units are booming. This has naturally led to strong demand for installation services.

The spurt in installation service demand has left many firms under staffed, so some are temporarily recruiting untrained installers to cash in [Some] even refuse to provide safety belts to installers in order to save costs.

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January 8, 2006 6:36 PM
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