Last weekend's explosion at the factory of an automotive component supplier in China has led to a major crackdown in plant safety across the People's Republic, as the country's communist authorities attempt to avoid another catastrophe.

According to Bloomberg, facilities that use aluminum, magnesium, coal, wood, paper, tobacco, cotton and plastic are all subject to the safety campaign instigated by the State Council Work Safety Commission.

At least 75 people were killed and 185 injured in the explosion at Kunshan Zhongrong Metal Products' factory outside of Shanghai, early Saturday morning. It's the latest incident in a trouble-filled year for Chinese industry, which has seen 19 separate safety incidents during the first half of 2014, with over 200 people killed or missing.

This latest issue is being blamed on overcrowded workshops and an inability to remove metal dust, according to Bloomberg, leading Chinese President Xi Jinping to call for harsh punishments for those responsible and prompting the safety crackdown across the PRC.


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      antacid
      • 4 Months Ago
      considering china doesnt enforce its current safety standards this seems like a waste of time
      DesignWhuuu
      • 4 Months Ago
      Nothing like moving jobs to a place where workers have less rights... but who isn't doing that??? #globalization
      icemilkcoffee
      • 4 Months Ago
      This is what happens when you have no unions, and an anything-goes environment.
      jesscott
      • 4 Months Ago
      I guess this is the trade off for using cheap labor....look a factory just like the ones in the U.S............IN 1904
      Jerome
      • 4 Months Ago
      Gotta love the AB bias. It is a factory, they do happen to supply GM with some parts. But the headline makes it seem like GM is killing babies in China
        bullitt2605
        • 4 Months Ago
        @Jerome
        They did not kill any babies, they were scheduled to work the night shift.
      Larry Litmanen
      • 4 Months Ago
      GM is like Al Queda, it does the Jihad all over the world. Can we finally admit that Barra was not promoted based on merit?
      Love Great Danes
      • 4 Months Ago
      it is good they are improving the standards in THIS factory, but what about all the rest. Wait until there is a tragedy?
      Dmitriy Markelov
      • 4 Months Ago
      I'm wondering how long it will be until China can no longer compete based purely on cheap labor and limited regulation. The Chinese populace is pushing for change and every year major industry is changed in some way with increased focus on pollution and working conditions. It will be interesting to see where manufacturing will move next.
        wendavid99
        • 4 Months Ago
        @Dmitriy Markelov
        The next move is middle /west China or southeast Asia countries.
        Louis MacKenzie
        • 4 Months Ago
        @Dmitriy Markelov
        They have enough people begging for work. The Communist government can mow down thousands and thousands of protesters anytime, wipe the event off the history like it never happened, brainwash the rest that it was all "Western Propaganda" and keep chugging along. How do I know? I was in China and I had a Chinese (from China) ex.
      Jk MJ
      • 4 Months Ago

      China Parts In GM cars??  Nice !!  cheap labor, Saves Money  ,no safety and quality control , kills people here and there  , inferior quality parts !! exports to all over the world . !!

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