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Safety at plant ‘totally chaotic’

on June 07, 2013 10:00 AM

BEIJING (AP) — A top Chinese official says safety standards and preparation at a poultry plant were “extremely chaotic” before a deadly fire that killed 120 workers.

State Administration of Work Safety head Yang Dongliang confirmed earlier reports that safety exits had been blocked at the Jilin Baoyuanfeng Poultry Co. plant.

An administration statement today quoted Yang as saying that plant management neglected to hold required safety drills or educate workers, while local government departments failed to carry out proper inspections. The plant’s top management has been detained.

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