March 12, 2000 |
An explosion in an unlicensed firecracker factory in eastern China killed 33 people and injured 10 others, two seriously, state media said. The explosion ripped through the workshop in a village outside Pingxiang on Saturday morning, the official New China News Agency reported. The report said that the factory, owned by two farmers, did not have a license and that the cause of the explosion was under investigation.
June 29, 1997 |
A massive fire in a suburban chemical plant here left three people dead and dozens injured, city officials said Saturday. The blaze erupted at 9:30 p.m. Friday in a storage-container area of the Dongfang Chemical Factory in Beijing's Tongzhou district, said a city spokesman who identified himself as Mr. Sun. Three people were killed and 64 were injured, 12 of them seriously.
December 3, 1996 |
A huge gas explosion at a coal mine in northern China has killed 91 people, and the death toll could climb, an official said today. The blast created a shock wave that injured one person above ground, an official at the rescue center for the Dongcun mine at Guojiayao in Shanxi province said by telephone. Government spokesman Ni Yuan said rescue workers had recovered 91 bodies from the ruins of the coal mine since the explosion at midday Wednesday.
December 10, 1995 |
A fire killed 18 young women when it ripped through a four-story sauna and bathhouse in the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou, the New China News Agency said Saturday. The blaze erupted Friday night in the flourishing capital of Guangdong province abutting Hong Kong, the official news agency said. It said the victims, all attendants at the bathhouse, died of smoke inhalation.
July 4, 1994 |
China has ordered foreign-financed joint ventures to set up official trade unions by the end of the year, blaming a lack of organizations for a spate of deadly workplace accidents. Zhang Dinghua, vice chairman of the state-controlled All-China Federation of Trade Unions, said 12% of foreign-financed joint ventures had unions, the official Xinhua news agency reported.
December 20, 1993 |
On-the-Job Risk to Workers Increases: The death toll from industrial accidents in China rose 112.9% to 11,600 in the first eight months of this year compared with the same period in 1992, the state-run China Daily reported last week. The admission highlights what critics suggest is the dark side of China's phenomenal economic growth this year. Beijing's drive to attract foreign investment and boost production hasn't been matched by a similar commitment to worker safety, critics contend.