From time to time I’ve talked about workplace safety in China.
This time it was a coalgas leak in a steel factory in Beijing. But these weren’t factory workers – these were pedestrians walking by outside the plant! The leak was so bad people outside in the free air died.
NINE people died after being overcome by fumes from a gas leak at Beijing’s controversial Capital Iron and Steel Corp, state press said on Thursday.
The leak occurred Wednesday afternoon in the city’s western Shijingshan district leading to the deaths of three street cleaners and six others walking by the steel factory – a leading Beijing polluter for decades.
The leak of the highly concentrated coal gas, which could kill ‘within minutes’, was stopped soon after it was discovered, the paper said.