In­ves­ti­ga­tion finds fault in fa­tal col­lapse

China Daily - - CHINA - By CHINA DAILY

Thirty-one peo­ple have been con­firmed to be un­der “crim­i­nally co­er­cive mea­sures” for the deadly col­lapse of a work­ing plat­form in the un­fin­ished cool­ing tower of a power plant in Jiangxi prov­ince last year, Xin­hua News Agency re­ported on Fri­day.

The in­ci­dent oc­curred on Nov 24 when the tower’s crane col­lapsed, trig­ger­ing the col­lapse of the en­tire con­struc­tion plat­form in the cool­ing tower of the Fengcheng Power Plant in Yichun city. It caused 73 deaths and two in­juries, as well as more than 100 mil­lion yuan ($15 mil­lion) of eco­nomic losses.

A team led by the State Coun­cil ver­i­fied the case as a pro­duc­tion safety ac­ci­dent on Fri­day, say­ing ju­di­cial au­thor­i­ties have given “crim­i­nally co­er­cive mea­sures” to 31 peo­ple re­spon­si­ble for the con­struc­tion, ac­cord­ing to the re­port.

The team did not re­lease what the ex­act mea­sures were, the re­port said. Co­er­cive mea­sures can in­clude a range of in­vol­un­tary mea­sures such as sum­mons by force, bail, de­ten­tion or ar­rest.

The in­ves­ti­ga­tors said that a com­pany from He­bei prov­ince in charge of man­ag­ing the con­struc­tion of the cool­ing tower did not prop­erly re­move equip­ment used to pro­tect and sup­port the tower, which caused the col­lapse, the agency said.

Mean­while, the con­trac­tor also failed in su­per­vis­ing and re­view­ing the con­struc­tion plan, and it did not stop the il­le­gal re­moval of the equip­ment.

China Power En­gi­neer­ing Con­sult­ing Group Co and China En­ergy En­gi­neer­ing Corp, which over­saw the con­trac­tor, did not strictly im­ple­ment reg­u­la­tions and work safety stan­dards, the in­ves­ti­ga­tion added.

In­ves­ti­ga­tors also iden­ti­fied mis­takes and mis­con­duct by other com­pa­nies and gov­ern­ment de­part­ments.

The Jiangxi pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment was or­dered to make a deep self-ex­am­i­na­tion over the in­ci­dent, and 47 of­fi­cials have been given dis­ci­plinary pun­ish­ments, it said.

The busi­ness li­cense of the He­bei com­pany has been re­voked, it added.

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