China sacks, prosecutes 100 in province industrial disasters

July 7, 2013 at 10:27 AM
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BEIJING, July 7 (UPI) -- The Chinese government said more than 100 officials and company executives have been held accountable for a pair of deadly industrial accidents.

The firings, transfers and prosecutions involved explosions at a coal mine and a fire at a poultry processing plant, which caused a combined total of 174 deaths.

The State Council said in a written statement this weekend the punishments included the arrest of 35 people, including executives of the companies and government officials in Jilin province.

The province in northeastern China was the scene of two blasts that struck the Babao Coal Mine on March 29 and April 1, killing 53 and injuring 20. In June, fire at the Jilin Baoyuanfeng Poultry Company caused 121 deaths and 76 injuries.

China's Xinhua news agency said Sunday the investigation concluded that lax safety standards were the primary contributor to both disasters. The council ordered all industry in Jilin to conduct safety checks of its plants and other facilities.

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