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Iran: Factory explosion in Yazd claims more lives

Source: Radio Zamaneh

The explosion at the Ghadir Steel Smelter has claimed more lives as four more workers have succumbed to injuries sustained during the incident.

Mehr News Agency reported the death of the workers today, which raises the explosion's death toll to 14.

Yesterday, two other wounded workers died in hospital, and the remaining six injured workers are still reported in critical condition.

The explosion occurred on Sunday evening, and the cause is still under investigation.

The Yazd representative in Parliament announced that such incidents have precedents, and the Minister of Work and Social Welfare must be held accountable for them.

Ghadir steel plant was Inaugurated by President Ahmadinejad in May 2011

Parliament's Labour Faction issued a statement saying: "This recent catastrophe reveals once more that less attention is being paid to worker's safety, and employers are bearing the lowest possible costs with regard to the most important article of labour laws, which is workplace safety."


The announcement claims the explosion was caused by "explosives present in scrap iron that was thrown in the melting pot." The Labour Faction adds that this is evidence of gross negligence on behalf of plant officials.

Yazd's Ghadir Steel Smelter was launched last May, with Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in attendance. It is said to directly employ 150 workers with another 1,500 workers benefiting indirectly.

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