Shanghai tightens building construction regulations 2 months after high-rise blaze killed 58

11:15, January 12, 2011      

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Shanghai Municipal Government issued a new regulation Tuesday to tighten supervision of construction, two months after a fatal high-rise fire took 58 lives.

The 22-article regulation covers eight aspects, such as construction processes, risk control, contractor market management and government supervision.

It also regulates management of construction practitioners, including the registration, management and training of managers, contractors and technicians.

Experts said the regulation will play a leading role in supervising building construction.

A lack of supervision of renovation projects, insufficient budgets for construction safety management, ineffective site supervision, illegal subcontracting and a lack of training of construction workers have been major causes of construction safety accidents, a recent safety campaign in Shanghai found, Huang Rong, director of the city's urban construction and communications commission, was quoted as saying by the China Daily newspaper.

On Nov.15, 2009, a fire engulfed a 28-story building in Shanghai after welding sparks set nylon netting and scaffolding alight. The fire caused the deaths of 58 people.

Officials blamed the tragedy on unlicensed welders, illegal sub-contracting and poor management.

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