According to China’s state media, the police have now taken into custody three suspects in connection to China’s worst industrial accident this year.
In the first days of August, a blast at an auto parts factory in Zhoushan, Jiangsu province, which has taken the lives of 75 workers, caught the attention of local and international media, springing renewed talks about China’s improper working conditions – an issue that affects all sectors of the industry, from smartphone production to auto parts builders. We all know about the suicides and alleged child labor issues at many of Apple’s iPhone manufacturing partners in China.
According to state agency Xinhua, the initial investigation results revealed the safety measures at Kunshan Zhongrong’s facility were widely inadequate – ranging from a bad working environment to illegal production methods. The Kunshan Zhongrong plant polishes wheel hubs for several automakers, including America’s General Motors.
The explosion occurred in a room that was full of metal dust, resulting in the death of 75 workers. Local police arrested three people in connection to the blast, namely Wu Chi-tao, chairman of Kunshan Zhongrong Metal Products (the owner of the workshop), the firm’s general manager and also the local leader in charge of workplace safety.