Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Karoshi

This is a Japanese term used to describe death from over work.

Recently, one of the top engineers at Toyota passed away at the still young age of 45 due to over work, logging in an average of 80 hours of overtime in the two months leading up to his death. The engineer (whose name is not being released at this time) was the lead engineer in the development of a new hybrid Camry. As I've mentioned in the past, things in the alternative fuel source segment of the industry are heating up, but this is an example of the highest order - paying the ultimate sacrifice to deliver a product.

I am well aware of the efforts it takes to deliver a new, game changing design, so my heart goes out this this man's family.

1 comment:

Daney said...

Thats why Toyota is leading the way because of people like Karoshi. May god bless his family.