Con­struc­tion com­pany to pay com­pen­sa­tion

China Daily (USA) - - CHINA - ByWANG JIAN in Nan­chang wangjian@chi­nadaily.com.cn

Com­pen­sa­tion of 1.2 mil­lion yuan ($173,500) will be paid to the fam­i­lies of each of the work­ers killed when a plat­form col­lapsed at a power plant con­struc­tion site in Yichun, Jiangxi prov­ince, the con­struc­tion com­pany said on Sun­day.

The col­lapse killed 74 work­ers and left two in­jured.

He­bei Yi­neng Yanta Con­struc­tion Co will pay the com­pen­sa­tion, as well as burial costs.

Ac­cord­ing to Xin­hua News Agency, more than 500 fam­ily mem­ber­sar­rived in Yichun to iden­tify the bod­ies as of mid­day Sun­day. Some fam­i­lies had signed the com­pen­sa­tion agree­ment by after­noon.

Po­lice have com­pleted DNA matches with fam­ily mem­bers of 34 of the vic­tims.

The tragedy oc­curred­when a crane col­lapse at about 7 am on Thurs­day brought down the en­tire con­struc­tion plat­form in­side the un­fin­ished cool­ing tower at the plant.

Po­lice de­tained 13 peo­ple who were re­spon­si­ble for con­struc­tion of the tower, as part ofthein­quiry­in­tothein­ci­dent.

A State Coun­cil panel an­nounced on Fri­day that na­tion­wide in­spec­tions would be car­ried out to pre­vent sim­i­lar work­place ac­ci­dents. In­spec­tors will check for safety haz­ards as­so­ci­ated with el­e­vated work plat­forms, cranes and scaf­fold­ing.

Res­cue crews were with­drawn from the Fengcheng Power Plant site af­ter a fi­nal search on Fri­day morn­ing found no new ca­su­al­ties, the pro­vin­cial govern­ment said.

An­in­ves­ti­ga­tion of the in­ci­dent con­tin­ues.

Ear­lier re­ports by Xin­hua News Agency said au­thor­i­ties had con­firmed the iden­tity of 68 dead work­ers, rang­ing in age from 23 to 53.

Ac­cord­ing to Yichun of­fi­cials, con­struc­tion of the plant, which be­longs to Jiangxi Gan­neng Co, be­gan in July last year and was ex­pected to be com­pleted by early 2018.

The in­ci­dent is the most se­ri­ous in China since a land­slide at a waste dump in Shen­zhen, Guang­dong prov­ince, buried build­ings last year, killing 73 peo­ple.

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