China: 40 dead in collapse at plant during construction

24th Nov 2016
China: 40 dead in collapse at plant during construction

By Fuat Kabakci

 

BEIJING (AA): At least 40 people have been killed and an undetermined number remain trapped after a platform of a power plant’s cooling tower collapsed during construction in eastern China.

State news agency Xinhua reported that five others who were injured Thursday morning in Jiangxi Province are receiving treatment in hospital.

Medical and firefighting personnel were dispatched to the scene, and rescue efforts are ongoing.

Dozens of people are killed in workplace accidents in China each year, raising questions about lax safety regulations in the country.

In July, eight people died after a construction elevator fell from the 18th floor of an apartment in eastern Shandong province.

In late May, at least one plant worker and a firefighter were killed and 18 others injured after an explosion rocked a battery storehouse in eastern Jiangsu province, known as an industrial hub.

[Map: Location of Jiangxi Province in the People’s Republic of China. GNU Free Documentation License]

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