(Recasts with findings of initial investigation according to
HONG KONG/BEIJING Aug 4 The preliminary
findings of a probe into an explosion at an auto parts factory
that killed 75 people on Saturday show that the company bears
the main responsibility for the incident, state media reported
Kunshan Zhongrong Metal Products Co Ltd's safety facilities
were insufficient, the working environment was bad and
production methods were illegal, the official Xinhua news agency
said, citing the investigation's initial results.
The blast, which also injured 185 people, was triggered when
a flame was lit in a dust-filled room, the local government said
at a news conference on Saturday, describing the incident as a
serious safety breach.
Based about an hour's drive from Shanghai, Kunshan Zhongrong
polishes wheel hubs for automakers including General Motors Co
. The blast is China's worst industrial accident in a
The investigation also initially found that Kunshan
Zhongrong Chairman Wu Jitao is the individual chiefly
responsible for the blast, Xinhua said.
Kunshan Zhongrong could not immediately be reached for
comment in calls placed to the company outside of normal
The report also said that the local government's leadership
duties and relevant department's regulatory duties had been
carried out ineffectively.
"Those responsible will be severely punished," said Xinhua,
without citing anyone.
A senior official in charge of China's work safety
administration called the events leading up to a deadly blast at
an auto parts factory a "very serious dereliction of duty",
Xinhua reported earlier on Monday.
(Reporting by Clare Baldwin in HONG KONG and Paul Carsten in
BEIJING; Editing by Raju Gopalakrishnan and Jane Baird)