According to state media reports, the Chinese government has decided to sack two senior officials; the latest punitive measure to be taken after an explosion at an auto parts factory in August resulted in 146 deaths.
The August blast was the worst industrial accident of the year in China, with the country already having a very poor record when it comes to workplace safety. The accident that occurred at the Kunshan Zhongrong plant located in the Jiangsu province was caused by a fire and explosion in a room that was full of metal dust – the factory was tasked to polish wheel hubs for automakers, including General Motors. The Communist Party leader in the city of Kunshan – Guan Aiguo – and mayor Lu Jun have been asked to hand over their resignations and deputy provincial governor Shi Heping was punished administratively, according to the Xinhua news agency.
The media report also disclosed that Kunshan Zhongrong Metal Products will cease to function and the government is currently seeking to bestow the company with the maximum fine possible. Wu Chi-tao, chairman of Kunshan Zhongrong Metal Products, together with the company’s general manager and a manager in charge of workplace safety are among the 18 people being prosecuted in relation to the accident.