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Beijing (AFP) Nov 19, 2011
Fourteen workers were killed and five injured Saturday in an explosion at a chemical plant in east China, state media reported, citing local authorities.
The explosion occurred around 2pm at a melamine production facility in Xintai, in Shandong province, Xinhua news agency reported.
Workers were maintaining and repairing a condenser when the blast occurred, Xinhau said, citing a statement by the Xintai city government.
Four workers died immediately and a further 10 died in hospital. The five injured were in a stable condition and an investigation into the cause of the accident was under way, Xinhua said.
China has a notoriously poor workplace safety record blamed on widespread disregard for basic safety measures as companies chase profits.
In September, three people were killed in an explosion at a privately-owned chemical plant in east China's Jiangxi province.
Among other recent deadly industrial accidents, last week at least 34 miners were killed in a blast at coal mine in the southwestern province of Yunnan.
In October, 12 workers building an underground parking lot in northeast China were killed when a concrete ceiling collapsed on them. Days earlier another dozen workers died at a steel plant in the eastern city of Nanjing when molten iron spilled from a furnace.
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