Illegal use of ultra-big container blamed for deadly poisoning in north China

Updated 2017-05-19 15:31:30 Xinhua

The work safety watchdog announced Friday that the unlawful use of an ultra-large chlorine container by a rubber plant in north China was responsible for a poisoning incident last week.

The State Administration of Work Safety found that the firm, in a bid to save on costs, had installed an oversized container filled with liquified chlorine. Lixing rubber plant is near Sunguozhuang, a village under the city of Hejian

The tube connecting the container to the chlorine tank truck ruptured on the morning of May 13. The leaked chlorine resulted in the death of two people and the hospitalization of 25 others.

Poor regulation, lax emergency response and a lack of safety awareness and professional expertise were among the factors leading to the grave accident, the administration said.

Local governments were urged by the administration to address the illegal use of hazardous chemicals to prevent incidents, such as this, from happening again.

China saw fewer workplace accidents in the first four months with regular calls by the government for more focus on work safety.

No "extremely severe accidents" occurred during January-April, which in China refers to those that cause more than 30 deaths, leave more than 100 severely injured or result in more than 100 million yuan (about 15 million U.S. dollars) in direct economic losses.

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