A Dongguan cabbie named Wang Xianwu worked extra-super-overtime in an attempt to secure a down payment on a house for his son, and died on April 20th after working a 24-hour-straight shift. Wang was only 43 years old.
Police are investigating the case, and are working under the suspicion that overwork may have some connection to the man’s death, as The Nanfang reports:
Right before he passed away, Wang had worked 24 continuous hours driving a cab.
A standard practice for operating a cab in China is to assign two drivers to one car. Working in shifts, one works during the day while the other works at night. Due to a change of shifts on the day he died, Wang ended up working both shifts. Accustomed to long hours, Wang normally worked shifts of at least 12 hours long.
If two 12-hour shifts in an office sound unimaginable, 24-hours of driving (in China of all places) seems like more than enough to push one towards an early death.