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Explosion kills one, injures seven at automotive factory in China

19 January 2021

A blast in a factory workshop killed one person and injured seven others on January 14 near Tianjin in north China. The cause of the explosion, which happened at a workshop belonging to Tianjin Jc Auto Parts, remains unknown and is under investigation.

Representative image: Shutterstock
Representative image: Shutterstock

According to the Global Times, the blast happened at around 12:50 local time in the Tianjin Port Free Trade Zone. The Bureau of Emergency Management of Tianjin sent rescue teams and firefighters to the scene where the workshop was evacuated. Seven workers were taken to hospital while another was pronounced dead at the scene.

The Global Times reports that that in the period leading up to the Chinese New Year, many companies speed up production in an effort to meet quotas before a production shutdown over the New Year period. This can lead to an increase in safety incidents in China around this time of year.

Tianjin Jc Auto Parts has previously received fines from the Bureau of Emergency Management in relation to safety violations. Most recently, in September 2020, the company was warned and fined 30,000 yuan (£3,400) for breaking workplace safety rules.

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