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  1. A man-made disaster that embarrasses Beijing

    Posted Sep 11th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Such a man-made disaster is an embarrassment to Beijing while it still basks in acclaim for staging a successful Olympic Games. Industrial accidents threaten to remain a stain on China's record long ... to be a casualty of industrialisation because of disregard for the law at the local level. China is no exception, as we are reminded by the latest disaster in accident-prone Linfen, Shanxi province. ...

  2. Teen took explosives through Lo Wu to test border checks

    Posted Oct 16th 2009, 12:00am by Joyce Man

    ... Joyce Man and Joshua But A dyslexic teenager, placed on probation yesterday for making an explosive substance favoured by Islamist terrorists, said he once took a sample of the powder ... nitrogen and wanted to test the sensitivity of the border checkpoint detectors, which check for nitrogen in explosives. The teenager made the disclosure to a psychologist, whose report was handed ...

  3. Fireman's air ran out too soon, inquest told

    Posted Aug 06th 2009, 12:00am by Joyce Man

    ... Joyce Man The fireman who died while attempting to put out a class three blaze at an electroplating factory in Tsuen Wan two years ago cried out that he had no air while escaping and shortly before falling unconscious. 'No air! No air!' Wong Ka-hei said as he crawled from the blaze. Senior fireman Chin Kwok-ming radioed the message to their team. Shortly afterwards, ...

  4. Trial over blocking of doors in fatal fire

    Posted Apr 16th 2009, 12:00am by Joyce Man

    ... Joyce Man The owners body of Cornwall Court- where a blaze killed two firemen in August- its chairman, and a security services company will go on trial in June for blocking off an escape route in the building. The Incorporated Owners of Cornwall Court, chairman Chong Wai-ning, 74, and Mei Ming Wai Building Services are each charged with one count of locking a means of escape. ...

  5. Lax oversight, greed behind ferry disaster

    Posted Jan 13th 2009, 12:00am by Fabio Scarpello

    ... Fabio Scarpello in Denpasar Experts blame weak law enforcement, greed and lack of investment for Indonesia's poor public transport safety after yet another disaster. Almost 250 people ... while 245 were missing. Mr Djamal denied the ferry had been overloaded. The disaster was the latest in a series of accidents in the country, where rusty, old ferries are often the cheapest means ...

  6. Fireworks disaster shows more oversight needed

    Posted Feb 11th 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Fireworks are among the inventions of which China can be most proud, but the mainland has a woeful safety record in producing, transporting and using them. Regulations to curb the thousands of injuries and hundreds of deaths each year have had limited imp ...

  7. A small fortune in goodwill from the neighbours

    Posted Dec 28th 2003, 12:00am by Ray Cheung

    ... is pouring in for the disaster victims- much of it from nearby towns. In Kai county, where the blast took place, people have raised 50,000 yuan, mostly from small donations. It is a modest sum ... people dropped money into a red donation box. Retiree Han Suyao, 67, lives on a monthly pension of 200 yuan but was quick to offer 5,000 yuan to help families devastated by the disaster. 'I ...

  8. 'We were never told of the dangers'

    Posted Dec 28th 2003, 12:00am by Ray Cheung

    ... people returning to their farms. The central government is already using the disaster to promote tighter safety standards. Xinhua quoted an industrial safety agency official saying the disaster ...

  9. 'I ran for five hours to get away'

    Posted Dec 28th 2003, 12:00am by Ray Cheung

    ... 50 of its 1,000 residents died. Her story is familiar among the survivors. Families and lives are shattered. In the aftermath of the disaster, people gave a harrowing account ...

  10. Workers blamed for ignoring safety rules

    Posted Apr 18th 2004, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Chan Siu-sin The Chongqing gas blast was caused by workers ignoring instructions from safety experts on how to release the leaking chlorine gas from tanks, official reports said yesterday. The safety experts were almost killed in the explosions, Xinhua sa ...




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