BEIJING – At least six people were killed and five others injured in an explosion Monday at a coal-fired power plant warehouse in China’s eastern province of Shandong, according to state news agency Xinhua.
The incident was recorded around 10:00 am local time (0200 GMT) in the town of Kongcun and, although few details are known, Xinhua said an investigation has been opened.
Work accidents are not uncommon in China although, according to official data, deaths in the workplace fell by 12 percent in 2017 to 38,000.
One of the most affected sectors is coal, although records point to a decrease of 28 percent in workplace deaths in this industry.
However, the non-governmental organization, China Labor Bulletin said the figures do not take into account deaths recorded in informal jobs such as delivery or garbage disposal, where the risks are higher and deaths could be classified under other headings, such as traffic accidents.
Job security has improved in China in recent years, since the mid-2000s when the number of workers killed each year exceeded 100,000.