'Lax safety standards caused fatal plant blast in E. China last week'

08:15, August 02, 2010      

Email | Print | Subscribe | Comments | Forum 

Lax safety standards led to the powerful explosion at a factory in the eastern Chinese city of Nanjing last week, China's safety office said in Beijing Sunday.

A leak of propylene gas was the direct cause of the accident that killed 13 people, the Work Safety Committee Office of the State Council said in a report.

The explosion ripped through an abandoned plastics factory in Nanjing's Qixia District at 10:11 a.m. Wednesday, leaving buildings within 100 meters seriously damaged. A bus near the site of the explosion was destroyed by the ensuing fire.

As of Saturday, 13 people are confirmed dead while 120 are injured. Four of the injured are in critical conditions.

The blast was caused by the gas leak that started at 9:30 a.m., after workers damaged an underground propylene pipeline while using excavators, said the office.

The propylene evaporated and encountered an open flame, triggering the explosion.

The excavation work proceeding without proper safety standards was the reason for the explosion, the office said, calling for more attention to be paid to workplace safety.



  • Do you have anything to say?


Special Coverage
  • Premier Wen Jiabao visits Hungary, Britain, Germany
  • From drought to floods
Major headlines
Editor's Pick
  • Staff members watch a screen showing the blast-off of the Long March-2FT1 carrier rocket loaded with Tiangong-1 unmanned space lab module at Beijing Aerospace Control Center, Sept. 29, 2011. Commander-in-chief of China's manned space program Chang Wanquan announced Thursday night that the launch of Tiangong-1 space lab module was successful. (Xinhua/Wang Shen)
  • Chinese President Hu Jintao watches the launch of Tiangong-1 space lab module at Beijing Aerospace Control Center in Beijing, capital of China, Sept. 29, 2011. Other members of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, including Wu Bangguo, Jia Qinglin, Li Changchun, Xi Jinping, Li Keqiang and Zhou Yongkang, are also present. (Xinhua/Rao Aimin)
  • The graphics shows the launch procedures of the carrier rocket of Tiangong-1 space lab module, Long March-2FT1 on Sept. 29, 2011. (Xinhua/Lu Zhe)
  • Image taken from Beijing Aerospace Control Center shows a Long March-2FT1 carrier rocket loaded with Tiangong-1 unmanned space lab module blasting off from the launch pad at the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwest China's Gansu Province, Sept. 29, 2011. (Xinhua)
  • On Sept. 28, tourists travel around the Mingshashan Scenic Area in Dunhuang, Gansu province by camel. With the National Day vacation right around the corner, more and more tourists from home and abroad are going to Dunhuang. Riding on a camel, they travel in the desert to enjoy the cities rare form of natural scenery. (Xinhua/Zhang Weixian)
  • Chinese forest armed forces work together with forest firefighters on Sept. 28. (Xinhua/Chai Liren)
Hot Forum Discussion