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[文摘] CHINA’S POWER GRID WORKERS BRAVE HEIGHTS

The men in the photo below are just a few of many working on electricity pylons that stretch from Huainan, Anhui province to Shanghai in China. The length of these pylons are about 270m tall, almost as tall as the Eureka building in Melbourne or the Q1 in Queensland. The workers look quite relaxed and unfazed by the dizzying heights of the world's tallest pylons. They rely on rope ladders to climb the final few metres to the tops of the monster structures painted red and blue to make them clear to passing air traffic. The Chinese project involves building an ultra-high voltage power line from Anhui province in eastern China to the country’s biggest city, Shanghai, a distance of 430km which takes up to six hours to drive. The tower is just one of 1,421 starting west from Huainan. The men are required to work at a height of 270 metres as they install a crossing tower for a new line of ultra high voltage cable. They have until the end of 2013 to finish the ambitious project. The workers are strapped into safety harnesses but use flimsy rope ladders to go up and down the pylons. More than 500billion KWH of electricity per year will travel along the cables. Health and safety equipment has moved on since the 1930s but these amazing images can be compared to the iconic image of 11 workers eating lunch while casually sitting on a steel beam 240m above the Rockefeller Centre, wearing no safety harnesses – taken 80 years ago. Click here to see a short video on the construction of these power lines.

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