If the Philippines has "Suntukan sa Ace Hardware", China has a grudge match of bulldozers. Northern China witnessed a clash of heavy machinery which stemmed from an argument between construction workers. The derby-style clash was captured in a video which showcases several bulldozers ramming each other while passenger cars speed away from the could of dust. The video was also able to capture one of the drivers who jumped out of his toppled bulldozer, while another bulldozer tries to lift it back up.
A local government spokesman in Hebei province’s Xingtang county, said on Monday that the construction workers were from two companies competing for business. He added that he couldn’t disclose details about arrests or injuries until an investigation was concluded.
The growth of China’s construction sector is down by two-thirds compared to its peak a decade ago, proof that it has fallen on hard times. Real estate construction represents close to a quarter of China’s economy, a far higher proportion than other major countries, and its slowdown was sending ripples through industrial sectors such as steel, glass and cement, causing waves of layoffs.
Construction growth in China, the world’s second largest economy, is forecast to reach historical lows in the short term, with housing construction registering a decline for the first time ever. However, according to a report by Global Construction Perspectives and Oxford Economics, construction is expected to make a slight recovery in the years leading up to 2030, according to a report by Global Construction Perspectives and Oxford Economics released on Tuesday.