A tower crane operator allegedly suffered a fatal fall because she was too busy looking at her cellphone.
Xiao Qiumei became an internet sensation for sharing footage of her workplace, and her social media stunts quickly attracted 100,000 followers.
However, the 23-year-old was so focused on her July 20 broadcast that she missed a step on her crane, and fell 160 feet to her death. During her 5:40 p.m. descent the woman continued to clutch onto her phone according to the New York Post.
Eyewitnesses reported Quimei became a workplace fatality after most of her colleagues had already left for the day at Quzhou city, in the Chinese western province of Zhejiang.
Despite widespread media coverage of a social media accident, the woman’s family members refuse to acknowledge Quimei died while filming herself. They instead claim she missed her step while finishing duties for the day.
They also claim the woman closely followed company policy, and usually stored her cellphone in a bag during work hours. Qiumei is survived by her two young children.
In her last video Quimei stands in a crane cabin and the camera abruptly shifts to indistinct equipment moving past the lens.
BL understands the woman does not look like a trained crane operator, which is probably why she attracted so many social media followers. On the footage she looks petite and relatively young for her age.
Quimei’s funeral and cremation are complete, with her ashes already scattered on a tiny table underneath an umbrella according to local customs.