China manufacturing plant explosion kills at least 12
The Associated Press is reporting that an explosion at a plastics manufacturing plant in the Chinese province of Jiangsu has killed at least 12 people and injured dozens of others.
The explosion was reportedly caused when workers at the plant ruptured a propylene pipe under the factory. The explosion was so strong that building and vehicles within 100 years of the explosion were badly damaged and some injuries were reported on a bus traveling near the blast site.
The Wall Street Journal reported the accident is typical of industrial manufacturing accidents in China, were worker safety policies are at best evolving as the country tries to ramp up its manufacturing infrastructure.
Annual Salary Survey
After almost a decade of uncertainty, the confidence of plant floor managers is soaring. Even with a number of challenges and while implementing new technologies, there is a renewed sense of optimism among plant managers about their business and their future.
The respondents to the 2014 Plant Engineering Salary Survey come from throughout the U.S. and serve a variety of industries, but they are uniform in their optimism about manufacturing. This year’s survey found 79% consider manufacturing a secure career. That’s up from 75% in 2013 and significantly higher than the 63% figure when Plant Engineering first started asking that question a decade ago.