Crackdown on shoddy machinery promised

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 10 July, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 10 July, 2011, 12:00am


Rogue manufacturers and after-sales service providers of heavy equipment are in for a crackdown if they are found to have compromised product quality to win contracts via price wars.

Officials at the mainland's top quality watchdog said yesterday that they would come down hard on offending operators.

The move was in response to an accident at a Beijing metro station on Tuesday in which an escalator reversed direction, killing one boy and injuring 30 people.

A department overseeing special-equipment safety under the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine reaffirmed a March order imposing blanket safety inspections of lifts and escalators in public places such as subway stations during the summer peak-travel season.

The Beijing municipal quality supervision bureau had earlier said Otis, the maker of the faulty escalator, should be held accountable for flawed design and manufacturing.

An initial investigation suggests a component malfunction led to the loosening of a drive chain. Use of that type of escalator has been suspended on the mainland.