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.
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Annual Salary Survey
Before the calendar turned, 2016 already had the makings of a pivotal year for manufacturing, and for the world.
There were the big events for the year, including the United States as Partner Country at Hannover Messe in April and the 2016 International Manufacturing Technology Show in Chicago in September. There's also the matter of the U.S. presidential elections in November, which promise to shape policy in manufacturing for years to come.
But the year started with global economic turmoil, as a slowdown in Chinese manufacturing triggered a worldwide stock hiccup that sent values plummeting. The continued plunge in world oil prices has resulted in a slowdown in exploration and, by extension, the manufacture of exploration equipment.
Read more: 2015 Salary Survey