Twenty one workers killed on Tianjin anniversary

On Thursday 11 August, a blast occurred at a chemical plant located in Dangyang in the central Hubei province of China. The blast was caused by a high pressure steam tube breaking apart. Initial reports put the death toll at 21 workers dead with another 6 injured. This blast happened the day before the 1st anniversary of the horrific explosion that engulfed the port area of Tianjin, killing over 170 people. The Tianjin disaster, and this latest accident in Dangyang, highlight the precarious state of occupational health and safety in China.