China: Construction worker claims to have lost his job after posting video about helmets of substandard quality

Author: Jiayun Feng, Supchina, Published on: 29 April 2019

“Construction Worker Loses Job After Exposing Low-Quality Helmets”, 22 April 2019

A migrant worker in Qingdao, Shandong Province, claims he was fired by his former employer and is having trouble finding another job after he posted a viral video [on 11 April] in which he demonstrated the substandard quality of his helmet while working at a construction site… Dou claimed that the low-quality helmet in the video was offered by his employer. He said the construction company had not taken any action to address the problem...

… On April 17, the official Weibo account of the emergency management office of the central government wrote in a post, “How could you ensure safe production when you can’t even provide high-quality helmets for your workers? To hold companies accountable for production safety, we should pay more attention to what measures they have in place rather than what they say.”

… On the evening of April 17, all the videos posted by Dou disappeared… Dou told (in Chinese) The Paper that the fragile yellow helmet in the video was his purchase and it had nothing to do with his employer… the Beijing News reported (in Chinese) that the local government found no violations during more than 50 unannounced inspections performed at construction sites across the city…

… According to him [Dou], he was rejected for multiple jobs after the controversy, and all labor contractors have cut contact with him…

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