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China: Govt. report blames Zhongrong Metal & local regulators for deadly blast; General Motors denies direct relationship with company

“'Safety violations' at Jiangsu auto factory led to dust blast”, 4 Aug 2014

Chinese officials have blamed the chairman of a car parts factory…and local regulators for safety breaches that led to the most deadly industrial accident in a year…The blast at the Kunshan Zhongrong Metal Products Co Ltd factory in…Kunshan on Saturday killed at least 75 people and injured 185…Kunshan Zhongrong…ignored prior warnings about dust, did not have appropriate fire safety equipment and did not provide safety training for workers, according to the report. A senior official in charge of China's work safety administration called the situation a "very serious dereliction of duty," Xinhua reported. Neither Kunshan officials nor executives from Kunshan Zhongrong could be reached for comment. General Motors…issued a statement saying it bought components from…"Dicastal" - which Zhongrong works with...it had no direct dealings with Zhongrong, which it described as a "Tier-2" supplier. A GM spokeswoman…said she had no information on whether GM conducts safety inspections of production facilities run by lower-tier suppliers...

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