Two have perished while four others were salvaged from an Anhui granary after a 10-hour rescue operation, reports NetEase News.
Rescuers were called after six cleanup workers became trapped in an 18-metre high silo around 9:40 yesterday morning.
Local fire officers and soldiers toiled for 10 hours to save the mired workers from being buried alive. While they were able to extricate four of the workers, two died from suffocation before they were recovered. The exact cause of the accident is still unknown.
Last month, a seven-year-old Henan boy’s drowned body was found in a sewer after he disappeared down an exposed construction site manhole. Safety procedures in industry have been under scrutiny since the Qingdao pipeline explosion which required the evacuation of 18,000 residents and claimed over 50 lives in 2013.
By Liam Bourke