Date
21 August 2017
The sick reminder is meant for construction workers who apparently don't mind. Even some netizens have come around to the rationale behind the message:  Photo: Weibo.com
The sick reminder is meant for construction workers who apparently don't mind. Even some netizens have come around to the rationale behind the message: Photo: Weibo.com

Sick advice: How to accident-proof a construction site

Seen the sickest advice?

How about this notice on a construction site: “Dear friends, please keep safe when working outdoors. Someone will sleep with your wife, beat your child and spend your blood money if you die in an accident.”

It’s translated from Chinese and we cleaned up the grammar but we let the message stand. As of 8 p.m. on Monday, it had been tweeted more than 2,000 times on Sina Weibo.

Chinese netizens called it the cruelest piece of advice ever, Metropolis Daily reported Tuesday.

And how about visibility?

The progenitor made sure people saw it by hanging it across the entry to a construction site of subway line 9 in Shenzhen’s Luohu district, the report said.

Interestingly, the workers to whom the message is presumably directed don’t seem to be offended by it, the subway project manager was quoted as saying.

He said it was meant as a safety reminder.

“In the past, most safety reminders were superficial and abstract. Workers were not impressed. This one hits the nail on the head,” the manager said.

In fact, the idea is not original. It was borrowed from other construction sites.

“We should think out of the box and be creative when creating safety slogans. Workers are more aware of safety now.”

Many netizens have come around to the rationale behind the message, saying it’s creative, emotional and can be easily understood, the report said.

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