Date
4 December 2016
Rescue workers search the site in Fengcheng, Jiangxi province where a power plant's under-construction cooling tower collapsed last Thursday, killing 74. Photo: Reuters
Rescue workers search the site in Fengcheng, Jiangxi province where a power plant's under-construction cooling tower collapsed last Thursday, killing 74. Photo: Reuters

China vows to relook work safety laws after power plant accident

China has pledged to “plug the holes” in its laws and safety standards to improve working conditions following a deadly power plant accident in the eastern Jiangxi province last week.

As the death toll from Thursday’s accident in Fengcheng climbed to 74, the State Council approved the formation of a team to investigate the case, Reuters reports, citing Chinese state media.

The team will be led by Yang Huanning, head of the State Administration of Work Safety.

A platform under construction collapsed on Nov. 24 during work on a cooling tower for a coal-fired power plant in Fengcheng.

According to state media, a tower crane fell, triggering the collapse of the entire platform. Police have since taken 13 people into custody.

The power plant accident has prompted authorities to plan new work safety regulations.

“We must focus on the problems exposed by this incident, take a further step to strengthen and perfect the law, standards and regulations, plug any holes,” Xinhua news agency quoted Yang as saying.

The company in charge of the Fengcheng power plant, Jiangxi Ganneng Co., said that it is cooperating with authorities in the investigation.

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