Plat­form col­lapse kills at least 74 work­ers

China Daily (USA) - - FRONT PAGE - By WANG JIANG in Fengcheng, Jiangxi and XU WEI in Bei­jing Contact the writer at xuwei@ chi­nadaily.com.cn

Seventy-four work­ers have been con­firmed dead and two in­jured af­ter a work­ing plat­form within a power plant’s un­fin­ished cool­ing tower col­lapsed on Thurs­day morn­ing in Jiangxi prov­ince.

Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping urged lo­cal au­thor­i­ties early on Thurs­day to step up res­cue, treat­ment and fol­low-up ef­forts.

The coun­try has seen sev­eral re­cent work ac­ci­dents, and the cen­tral gov­ern­ment should take steps to thor­oughly root out work safety haz­ards, he said.

Premier Li Ke­qiang called on res­cue work­ers to put lives first by sav­ing any­one who was trapped and by treat­ing the in­jured.

He urged set­ting up a State Coun­cil team to help in­ves­ti­gate the cause of the ac­ci­dent and pun­ish any­one ac­count­able ac­cord­ing to laws.

The col­lapse oc­curred at around 7 am on Thurs­day when a tower crane’s col­lapse trig­gered the col­lapse of the en­tire con­struc­tion plat­form within the cool­ing tower of the Fengcheng Power Plant in Yichun, Jiangxi.

The two in­jured work­ers were in sta­ble con­di­tion at a hos­pi­tal, China Cen­tral Tele­vi­sion re­ported.

They were mi­grant work­ers from Gansu prov­ince, the re­port said, adding that the work crew also in­cluded work­ers from Cheng’an county, He­bei prov­ince.

Li Yi­huang, the vice-gover­nor of Jiangxi who is head­ing a pro­vin­cial-level in­ves­ti­ga­tion team, said at a news brief­ing that work­ers from the night shift were be­ing re­lieved by the morn­ing shift when the col­lapse oc­curred.

Lo­cal au­thor­i­ties sent more than 500 res­cuers to the col­lapse site af­ter the in­ci­dent took place.

WAN XIANG / XINHUA

Res­cuers search for trapped work­ers af­ter the deadly col­lapse of a con­struc­tion plat­form at a cool­ing tower at Fengcheng Power Plant in Yichun, Jiangxi prov­ince, on Thurs­day morn­ing.

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