Chinese authorities punish more than 30 over 2016 power plant explosion
02 June 2017
According to a report by the Xinhua news agency, more than 30 people have been punished after their responsibility was highlighted in an investigation into a power plant blast in the city of Dangyang in central China's Hubei Province on 11 August 2016. The explosion killed 22 and seriously injured another four.
The report says another fourteen are awaiting trial or are under investigation. Yu Huaqiang, general manager of Huaqiang Chemical Group, the parent company, and eight others are currently awaiting trial.
Workers were testing thermo-power facilities when the accident happened, according to Xinhua. Workers did not follow standard procedure when testing the pipes, and supervision was lacking, it said.
"The shoddy quality of a pipe nozzle caused a leak which ultimately led to the blast," according to a statement from the Hubei Provincial Work Safety Bureau. The factory design did not meet safety standards, and the control room was not properly reinforced to protect people inside, it said.
China has vowed to improve safety at such facilities. President Xi Jinping has said authorities would learn the lessons paid for with blood after chemical blasts in the port city of Tianjin in 2015 killed more than 170 people.