14 Killed in Chemical Plant Explosion
An explosion at a chemical plant in Xintai, Shandong province has killed fourteen workers. An investigation into the cause is underway. BBC reports:
It happened at a melamine production unit in Xintai in Shandong province where a condenser was being maintained and repaired, local officials say.
The plant belongs to Shandong Liaherd Chemical Industry Co Ltd, according to a statement issued by the Xintai city government.
Four workers were killed outright and ten more died in hospital, while another five injured were in a stable condition, said the statement.
While the official cause of the explosion is unknown, industrial incidents, such as coal mine explosions, are widely blamed on the disregard of basic safety measures.
See also:20 Coal Miners Killed, 23 Trapped in Latest Accident and Gas Explosion in Coal Mine Kills 29, as well as more reports on industrial accidents in China, via CDT.