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Govt, company management act as China's workers suffer in stifling summer heat

07-07-2010 08:37 BJT Special Report: China Battles Heat Wave |

SHIJIAZHUANG, July 6 (Xinhua) -- Steel workers in Shijiazhuang, capital of the northern Hebei Province, stuck to their work in their extremely hot and humid workshop having rubbed on cooling ointment and sipping cold drinks.

"Since the boiling hot molten steel is transported back and forth in the workshop, many workers have to work in temperatures over 50 degrees Celsius," said Wang Zhiguo, a manager of a steelworks owned by the Hebei Iron and Steel Group Co., Ltd.

To relieve workers' suffering, the management staff sent mung bean soup, a refreshing summer snack, and cooling ointment to them, Wang said.

Furthermore, freezers in the factory's air-conditioned retiring room were filled with bottled water, ice cubes and ice cream.

"We know that the company has planned to introduce more fully automatic production facilities to free more workers from the muggy work environment," said a steelworker, Li Shengfu.

Due to the scorching weather, construction workers in Shijiazhuang and other heat-plagued regions, such as Tianjin Municipality and Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, have implemented adjusted work times.

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