Why bother paying attention to overhead power lines when you’re pushing a 2 storey high scaffold tower, right? Shit happens everywhere, but Chinese workplace safety is just as stellar as their driving.
I feel awfully sorry for these four painters. Disassembling and reassembling a scaffold tower is a pain in the arse – that’s why they put wheels on it so they could easily move it around. That keeps their workflow smooth but disregarding the danger of overhead power lines when handling anything high enough to touch them and capable of conducting electricity is nothing short of a death sentence. Might as well strap oneself onto an electric chair and have the timer turn on the power switch.
The painters fried instantly. You can see fire and smoke coming out of their body within instance. As soon as the scaff touched the power lines, they were all paralyzed and from there it just kept getting worse. Magically, one of the painters came to after 2 minutes of electrocution and started crawling his way out of there – with one extra collapse along the way. The other three died – two on the spot, one later in a hospital. The stench of burning flesh must have been horrid.
Chinese news site reported that scaffold’s rubber wheels melted from the contact with high tension wires and were stuck to the ground. One of the painters had face burned black with his hair standing up.
Easily one of the creepiest videos I’ve seen. The electricity makes them completely powerless and unable to escape its deadly grasp. Always said to see working people die trying to make money to feed their family: