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China: Massive fire at poorly designed workshop kills 6 in Guizhou, 2nd incident in less than a month

An investigation is underway into the cause of Saturday's accident in Guizhou province. The three injured people remained hospitalized as of late Saturday and there were no updates on their condition Sunday.

Ajeet Kumar Edited By: Ajeet Kumar @Ajeet1994 Beijing Updated on: December 10, 2023 10:44 IST
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China workshop collapse: A workshop built from steel sheets collapsed in southern China, killing six people and injuring three others. An investigation is underway into the cause of Saturday's accident in Guizhou province. The three injured people remained hospitalized as of late Saturday and there were no updates on their condition Sunday.

Building collapses are not uncommon in China, where structures are sometimes thrown up without lawfully obtaining proper permits and safety standards are often ignored.

The illegal addition of extra floors and failure to use reinforcement are often blamed for such disasters. An increase in the number of collapses of self-built buildings in recent years has prompted calls from Chinese leader Xi Jinping for additional checks to uncover weaknesses.

In the worst such incident in recent years, a building collapse in central China in April 2022 killed 53 people. Additional floors had been added without permission or the use of proper construction methods.

China's poor infra

Industrial safety in general remains a major problem, worsened by decaying infrastructure, poor safety training and a desire to cut corners to save on costs.

Earlier last month, at least 26 people were killed and 38 others injured after a fire broke out at a building of a Chinese coal mining company in the Shanxi province. According to news agency Xinhua, the fire erupted through the second floor of the four-story building located in Lishi District of Lyuliang City. 

(With inputs from agency)

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