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China blames safety violations as plant blast toll rises to 75

Published on Aug 4, 2014 3:20 PM
 
Firefighter trucks are seen next to a damaged building after an explosion at a factory in Zhoushan, Jiangsu province August 2, 2014. A car parts plant in China where 75 workers were killed in an explosion committed multiple violations of regulations, the country's work safety chief said Monday, according to state media reports. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

SHANGHAI (AFP) - A car parts plant in China where 75 workers were killed in an explosion committed multiple violations of regulations, the country's work safety chief said Monday, according to state media reports.

State Administration of Work Safety head Yang Dongliang said the Taiwanese-invested Zhongrong Metal Products Co. factory in Kunshan, near Shanghai, was missing equipment for dust removal.

Saturday's blast in the wheel hub polishing workshop happened when dust particles from production came into contact with flames, the official Xinhua news agency reported.

The firm manufactured for car companies, including US automaker General Motors (GM).

 
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