Around 5:30pm on Thursday afternoon an explosion occurred at Shanghai Jie Pai Ke Engineering Company (上海捷派克工程公司) in Shanghai’s Pudong Distict, injury a group of workers who were in a nearby company vehicle. The blast resulted in seven workers seriously injured, with four of them receiving burns on over 95% of their bodies. The four workers are currently in intensive care at Changhai Hospital. The cause of the explosion is still being investigated.
This comes only a few days after a different explosion rocked Jiading District when a fuel processing plant went up in a blaze of glory. Luckily no one was hurt, but with 20-meter high flames and densely packed oil drums containing petrol and diesel inside this could have been ugly. And believe it or not (you probably will), the plant was asked to leave nearly two years ago when local residents expressed safety concerns.
And of course, how can we forget the Shanghai Cigarette Factory fire a month ago and the really scary explosion that occurred at the Nanjing plastic company killing 12 and injury scores more. Tack on the 37 miners killed in last week’s mine gas leak in Henan Province and it’s not hard believe a recent report by the central government stating that 187 people die each day from work-related accidents in China. Even more sad – that’s an 11% DROP from last year.
One way to get a grip on the number of injuries is to start enforcing current work safety regulations in place and stop with the economic-growth-at-all-costs mantra. Or, you could do nothing, and instead just see what prophetic images arise from these blasts. Whatever lights your fire.