China orders nationwide factory safety image

Following the fatal blast at an auto parts factory in Shanghai, China has ordered a nationwide revision of safety practices at plants that work with explosive materials.

The State Council Work Safety Commission said that the campaign targets factories that use potentially flammable materials, including aluminum, magnesium, coal, woo, paper, tobacco, cotton and plastic.
Last week an explosion occurred at a factory owned by Kunshan Zhongrong Metal Products Co. killing 75 people and injuring other 185. A preliminary investigation showed that the factory did not meet safety rules, with overcrowded workshops and an equipment shortage to remove metal dust.

China’s deadliest industrial disaster this year marks out calls made by Premier Li Keqiang for safety improvements in the world’s second-largest economy. President Xi Jinping asked for severe punishment for those responsible for the explosion and sent a team to oversee rescue work and investigate the accident.
The Kunshan Zhongrong plant, located in Kunshan city, about 50 kilometers west of Shanghai has 450 employees, according to its website. The company produces parts for Citic Dicastal Co., which was recently revealed as a global supplier to GM. There have been 19 serious safety incidents in China in the first six months of 2014, leaving more than 200 people dead or missing.

By Gabriela Florea