Friday, 25 November 2016
BEIJING (Reuters) – The death toll in the collapse of a platform under construction at a power plant in eastern China has risen to 74, with two others injured, as China’s chief safety inspector arrived to oversee an investigation.
68 of the 74 dead have been identified so far, with victims ranging in age from 23 to 53.
Deadly accidents are relatively common at industrial sites in China, where anger over lax standards is growing. Three decades of swift economic growth have been marred by incidents ranging from mining disasters to factory fires.
The accident happened on Thursday morning in Fengcheng, in Jiangxi province, during work on a cooling tower for the coal-fired power plant.
The official China Daily newspaper said the accident happened when a tower crane collapsed, triggering the collapse of the entire construction platform as the night shift was being relieved by the morning shift.
Yang Huanning, head of the State Administration of Work Safety, had already arrived on the scene to oversee an investigation into what happened and to collect evidence. His administration held an emergency meeting with departments all over China to learn the lessons of the accident to root out “hidden dangers” and ensure people’s safety.
China has vowed to improve its poor safety record.
Source by: Internet