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“Seventy-six food de­liv­ery work­ers were ei­ther in­jured or killed in the first half of 2017.”

Global Times – Metro Shanghai - - PULSE -

As on­line food or­der­ing be­comes a con­ve­nient life­style choice for city dwellers, food de­liv­ery men on scoot­ers are now a com­mon sight on Shang­hai’s streets. Less wel­come news is that a to­tal of 76 such work­ers have been ei­ther killed or in­jured in the course of their du­ties in the first six months of 2017 alone. And a shock­ing 52 per­cent of them were work­ing for ei­ther ele.me or meituan.com (food or­der­ing plat­forms) at the time. Lo­cal au­thor­i­ties are be­ing urged to com­pel com­pa­nies to pro­vide staff with stricter traf­fic safety train­ing in or­der to pre­vent fur­ther ac­ci­dents and fa­tal­i­ties.

Il­lus­tra­tions: Chen Xia/GT

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