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5 Jul 2015

China Labour Bulletin

Zhejiang shoe factory collapse kills at least 12 workers, injures 33 others

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At least 12 workers died and another 33 were injured when a four storey factory building in the eastern coastal city of Wenling, Zhejiang, suddenly collapsed on Saturday afternoon, 4 July. Two workers are still unaccounted for. There were more than 50 people working in the shoe factory at the time of the collapse…The cause of the collapse is still being investigated but several witnesses said there had been large pool, about one metre deep, containing fish on the top floor of the building, and that they had seen water leaking from the pool prior to the building collapse.

Shoddy construction and a fundamental disregard for workplace safety means that factory building collapses are not uncommon in China. In March this year, two workers died when another workshop in Zhejiang collapsed…Explosions, fires, and gas and chemical leaks are also common occurrences in Chinese factories. In one of China’s worst ever industrial accidents, 146 people were killed in a massive explosion at Kunshan Zhongrong Metal Plating in August last year…

Please see China Labour Bulletin’s Work Accident Map for an overview of the industrial accidents in China so far this year. [also refers to Fuwa Machinery plant]