19 Nov '11, 5pm

China plant blast kills 14

China plant blast kills 14

BEIJING: Fourteen workers were killed and five injured Saturday in an explosion at a chemical plant in east China, state media reported, citing local authorities. The explosion occurred around 2pm at a melamine production facility in Xintai, in Shandong province, Xinhua news agency reported. Workers were maintaining and repairing a condenser when the blast occurred, Xinhau said, citing a statement by the Xintai city government. Four workers died immediately and a further 10 died in hospital. The five injured were in a stable condition and an investigation into the cause of the accident was under way, Xinhua said. China has a notoriously poor workplace safety record blamed on widespread disregard for basic safety measures as companies chase profits. In September, three people were killed in an explosion at a privately-owned chemical plant in east China's Jiangxi province. A...

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