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Protecting outdoor workers in heatwave

07-09-2010 08:46 BJT Special Report:China Battles Heat Wave |

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Many parts of China continue to suffer through a heatwave. Wuhan in Central China's Hubei Province, has endured scorching weather for ten days. Temperatures soared to over 36 degree Celsius, posing a serious threat to those working outdoors. Our reporter Wang Baohua visited one of the city's construction sites to check out how people are beating the heat.

A temporary drizzle on Thursday morning, briefly interrupted the hot weather that has been scorching Wuhan for days. Despite the light shower, temperatures were still above 32 degree Celsius.

This is the construction site of the No.3 Subway line terminal station. Large areas have been set up for workers to relax, and get away from the sun.

Cold water has been delivered on a regular basis to workers while first aid kits remain close by to treat any possible cases of heat stroke.

Project manager Jin Shunqiang said, "We care a lot about workers' health in this weather. If the outdoor temperature reaches 35 degree Celsius, we will stop working. Workers can take a good rest in their dormitory rooms from 11 to 3 in the afternoon."

The dormitory rooms are all air conditioned, and another kitchen and shower area are being constructed so workers can cool down after every shift.

The project manager says measures will be taken to make working and living conditions here easier and more comfortable for everyone.

Editor:Zhang Ning |Source: CNTV.CN

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