(Yicai Global) Feb. 6 -- A gas leak in a steel mill in southern China killed eight people and injured 10 yesterday, local authorities said. It is the latest in a number of fatal industrial accidents in China where authorities strive to enforce stricter health and safety rules.
The gas pipeline leak in the ironworks of a subsidiary of China’s largest steel enterprise Baowu Steel Group caused death toll in the early hours yesterday. It took place in the No. 7 blast furnace in the company’s ironworks at around 3 a.m. yesterday, causing 18 people to have been overcome by carbon monoxide fumes. The eight of them died immediately, said a statement from Shaogang Iron & Steel Songshan Co. yesterday.
The other 10 people are stable in hospital, the statement added. Officials have launched an investigation to determine the cause of the gas leak.
In February 2016, the No.8 blast furnace of the company saw an outflow of a small amount of slag due to the leakage from an air supply device, which caused fire and smoke, injuring three people
Despite yesterday’s tragic accident, the share price of SGIS Songshan Co. [SHE:000717] remained resilient on the A-share market in the afternoon session yesterday. Following a temporary fall after trade resumption in the afternoon, the share price first rebounded, adding 4.5 percent before closing at only less than 1 percent gain on the previous day. However, at 11:30 a.m. today, it fell by 4.3 percent compared with yesterday’s closing price.