If you haven't peeped today's New York Times article on where NYC's Con Ed manhole covers come from, do yourself a favor and learn the wholly disturbing truth for yourself. Don't just take my word for it when I say they are forged from molten metal in India by gaunt men who wear no shirts while working and who also labor in bare feet, because, surely, if I walked up to you on the street and told you this was the case, you'd be well within your rights to think I am talking utter lunacy. And you know what? In a way, the truth is utter lunacy.
"We were disturbed by the photos," said Michael S. Clendenin, director of media relations with Con Edison. "We take worker safety very seriously," he said.Wow. I hate to see what aspects of their industry they treat frivolously!
The director of the Indian corporation that runs the foundry photographed by the Times has this to say about the matter: "We can’t maintain the luxury of Europe and the United States, with all the boots and all that."
Huh! I wonder what portion of our luxury is maintained only because these workers don't have any boots.