Ammonia leak at Shanghai refrigeration plant kills 15, injures 26

SHANGHAI Sat Aug 31, 2013 3:49pm EDT

1 of 7. Rescuers walk inside a refrigeration unit of Shanghai Weng's Cold Storage Industrial Co. Ltd., in the Baoshan district of Shanghai August 31, 2013.

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SHANGHAI (Reuters) - A liquid ammonia leak from a refrigeration unit at a cold storage facility in Shanghai on Saturday has killed 15 people and injured 26 others, local authorities said.

The leak occurred at 10:50 am local time (0250 GMT / 10:50 p.m. EDT) at Shanghai Weng's Cold Storage Industrial Co. Ltd., located in the Baoshan district of eastern Shanghai, the Shanghai municipal government said on its official Sina Weibo account.

Six of those injured were in a critical condition, the government said.

China, the world's second-largest economy, has a poor record on workplace safety. In June, at 120 people died and 77 were injured when a fire engulfed a chicken processing plant in northeastern Jilin province.

Many of China's deadly industrial accidents happen in the huge coal mining industry, in which more than 1,300 people died last year from explosions, mine collapses and floods

(Reporting by Gabriel Wildau; Editing by Jeremy Laurence)

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FRPSR wrote:
China should grapple with these unnecessary incidents by employing a successful protocol . The obvious carrot and stick of a mercantile economy and the subsequent generation of wealth have obviously been embraced nationally . Protocols including communications refining hybrid techniques , crossing both military and civilian venues have been used in America to improve responses to breakdowns between operators and the wide swath of varied administration purviews .
It is not a secret that corruption can interfere with the burden of regulating massive new infrastructures . If any one nation could find success over individualized priorities , it would be China . Nationalizing a purpose for the wealth of the nation that includes prudence for human life seems to doable , if the rewards of a mercantile economy can be rationalized to employ a sort of grass roots stick to go along with the carrot .

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sylvan wrote:
Ammonia is a gas. Should we bomb China?

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