China: 67 killed in east China scaffolding collapse
Adding to the mayhem of industrial accidents, 67 people were killed in a scaffolding collapse on Thursday morning at a construction site in the eastern Chinese province of Jiangxi.
State media reported that a work platform at a power plant cooling tower being built in the city of Fengcheng came tumbling down at about 7-30 a.m. quoting an official with the local Work Safety Administration said by telephone.
In its report Xinhua said that an unknown number of others were still trapped in the debris. Sixty-eight people were working on the platform at the time of the collapse, according to China’s State Administration of Work Safety. More than 200 firefighters were deployed, as well as search and rescue dogs, the report said.
Images from state broadcaster CCTV and photographs from the site showed iron pipes and wooden planks strewn across the floor of the massive concrete cooling tower.
China has suffered a series of major industrial accidents over recent months blamed on corruption, disregard for safety and pressure to boost production amid a slowing economy. Some of the previous incidents range from factory explosions to mine collapses and there have been growing demands for more stringent safety standards.
Last year, the Chinese port city of Tianjin was rocked by two massive blasts, killing at least 173 people and injuring hundreds others. A metal dust explosion at a car parts factory in eastern China in August 2014 killed at least 75 people and injured more than 180.