Chemical plant blast kills 14 in China
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Last Updated: Sunday, November 20, 2011, 00:24
Beijing: Fourteen workers were killed and five injured on Saturday in an explosion at a chemical plant in east China, state media reported, citing local authorities.

A brief report said the blast occurred in Shandong province but gave no other details.

China has a notoriously poor workplace safety record blamed on widespread disregard for basic safety measures as companies chase profits.

In September, three people were killed in an explosion at a privately-owned chemical plant in east China's Jiangxi province.

Among other recent deadly industrial accidents, last week at least 34 miners were killed in a blast at coal mine in the southwestern province of Yunnan.

In October, 12 workers building an underground parking lot in northeast China were killed when a concrete ceiling collapsed on them. Days earlier another dozen workers died at a steel plant in the eastern city of Nanjing when molten iron spilled from a furnace.


First Published: Saturday, November 19, 2011, 23:21

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