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Gas-related accident kills 10, injures three in China

15 September 2023

A burst of high-pressure gas killed 10 workers and injured three others at a workshop in China’s northern Inner Mongolia region on 7 September. The incident happened at a site in the city of Ordos operated by Ordos Yiding Eco-Agriculture Development, a wholesaler of coal and manufactured products, Chinese state media said.

Representative image: Shutterstock
Representative image: Shutterstock

Emergency services rushed to the workshop after reports of a gas explosion at the site. Eight workers were confirmed to have died at the scene while four others were rushed to hospital. Two of the injured later died from their injuries.

China’s Ministry of Emergency Management said that the cause of the burst of high-pressure gas is unknown and that an investigation had been opened by the Work Safety Committee of China's State Council.

Ordos Yiding Eco-Agriculture also produces ammonia, sulphur, carbon monoxide, and hydrogen although it remains unknown what the workers had been doing at the time of the incident.

Despite recent attempts to improve regulation and safety checks across China, industrial and chemical incidents continue to occur.

In May 2023, an explosion at a chemical plant killed five people in eastern China. The incident happened in a hydrogen peroxide production area of a chemical plant in the city of Liaocheng.

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