A fire at a shoe factory in eastern China killed 16 people
and injured five in the latest disaster to highlight China's
poor workplace safety record.
The fire broke out at the factory in Wenling in the wealthy
coastal province of Zhejiang yesterday, the official Xinhua
news agency said.
More than 20 people were rescued and the injured were all in
stable condition in hospital, it said. The cause of the fire
was being investigated.
China, the world's second-largest economy, has a bad record
on workplace safety. Fire exits in factories, office
buildings and shops are often locked to prevent workers
taking time off or stealing, or even blocked completely.
A fire at a poultry slaughterhouse in the northeastern
province of Jilin in June 2013 killed 120 people. That blaze
was blamed on poor management, lack of government oversight
and locked or blocked exits.
Many industrial accidents happen in the huge coal mining
industry, in which hundreds die every year from explosions,
mine collapses and floods.