Monday, January 5, 2015

Executives, fire officials sentenced in China poultry plant fire

    Four people have been given prison sentences in connection with a 2013 poultry plant fire in China that killed over 120 people.
    From WATTAgNet:
    Two poultry company executives and two fire department officials have received prison sentences in connection with a fire at a Jilin Baoyuanfeng Poultry Co. plant fire in China. The fire, which occurred in June 2013, killed 121 people and injured 76 others.
    When the fire broke out, many workers were unable to escape because doors had been either locked or blocked. According to earlier reports, only one door was unlocked as the company wanted to secure the property and keep employees from stepping outside for breaks. Because of a lack of available doors, many people were trampled in their attempts to escape.
    The fire was China's deadliest industrial accident in five years.
    The chairman of Jilin Baoyuanfeng Poultry Co., Jia Yushan, was sentenced to nine years in prison and fined CNY1 million (US$160,000) for not ensuring the work environment was safe. Former general manager Zhang Yushen was sentenced to four years for installing substandard equipment.
    Lyu Yandong, the former chief of the local fire department, and deputy Liu Guicai were convicted of abuse of power and sentenced to prison terms of up to 5.5 years. Prosecutors previously said they had failed to carry out any serious inspections of the plant and falsified information after the poultry plant fire.
    All four were sentenced on December 26.

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