Chinese Premier Li Keqiang demands those responsible for the mishap be held accountable
Workers search for survivors in the debris of the collapsed platform at Fengchen. Pic/AFP
Beijing: A platform under construction at a power plant in eastern China collapsed early on Thursday, killing 67 people and injuring two, while rescuers pulled one worker from the debris, state media said.
Deadly accidents are relatively common at industrial sites in China, where anger over lax standards is growing. Two injured workers were taken to hospital soon after the 7 am accident in Fengcheng in Jiangxi province, during work on a cooling tower for the coal-fired power plant. The company building the plant, Jiangxi Ganneng Co, confirmed the toll of 67 dead. In a stock exchange filing, it said it was cooperating with authorities. One trapped worker was rescued from the rubble, China News Service reported.
Chinese Premier Li Keqiang has ordered an investigation, demanding that those responsible for the accident should be held accountable, the central government said.