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Jilin slaughterhouse fire

On Monday, June 3, 2013 a fire tore through a poultry slaughterhouse in Dehui, Jilin province, killing at least 119 workers. Gross breaches of fire safety and labour regulations were blamed, including locked doors to prevent workers from taking unauthorised breaks.

The explosion site of the poultry factory at Dehui, Jilin province in June. Photo: Simon Song

China needs to keep up pressure on workplace safety

President Xi Jinping's recent call to solve the nation's "deep-rooted" workplace safety issues would seem to have been taken up with resolve in Jilin . In the wake of a series of accidents in the northern province that claimed 174 lives, dozens of officials and company executives have been disciplined or charged.