At least 40 killed in China construction accident — Anger over lax standards in China is growing — “Human Rights includes making life safer for our own people.”
Thu Nov 24, 2016 | 1:44am EST
Rescue workers search the site where a power plant’s cooling tower under construction collapsed, in Fengcheng, Jiangxi province, China, November 24, 2016. REUTERS/Stringer
At least 40 people have died and others are still trapped after a platform under construction at a power plant’s cooling tower in eastern China’s Jiangxi province collapsed on Thursday, state news agency Xinhua said.
The accident happened in Fengcheng at around 7 a.m. (2300 GMT) and rescuers were on the scene, Xinhua said.
The death toll was likely to rise because an unknown number of people were still trapped, it said. Five injured workers have been sent to hospital.
Deadly accidents are relatively common at industrial sites in China, and anger over lax standards is growing. Three decades of swift economic growth have been marred by incidents ranging from mining disasters to factory fires.
China has vowed to improve safety at such facilities. President Xi Jinping has said authorities would learn the lessons paid for with blood after chemical blasts in the port city of Tianjin killed more than 170 people last year.
(Reporting by Ben Blanchard; Editing by Simon Cameron-Moore and Paul Tait)
Public Safety has become a growing concern in China…
Protests against the construction of a new PX plant in Shanghai took place throughout last week as frustration builds over plans to relocate chemical plants to the city’s southern most district.
A Chinese Communist Party Official told Peace and Freedom, “There things always have a horrible personal tragedy toll. Human rights means making life safer for out people. And we are not so good at that.”