On Sunday, a woman who, along with her husband, are owed more than 70,000RMB in back pay, climbed a crane at a construction site in a desperate bid for attention to their plight. Though she finally agreed to come down after some negotiations, due to extended exposure to the cold and wind her appendages froze and she found herself unable to move.
The wife’s drastic move was the result of a feeling of helplessness, as neither she nor her husband had any sort of contract or IOUs for the work and wages they were owed working with private contractors.
Through police and family persuasion, the woman finally agreed to come down, but due to the low temperatures and the time spent clinging to the cold metal, the woman was unable to move. A firetruck arrived at the scene, but the ladder was pitifully short and useless.
Construction workers stepped in to save the day, however, donning safety harnesses and walking out to save the frozen woman and carrying her down to safety.
The woman was taken to the hospital for treatment and, as always, police are investigating.