China detains 9 managers after plant collapse kills 74

The scaffold platform had been erected to facilitate work on a cooling tower that was being constructed at the plant located in Yichun City, Jiangxi Province.

Among the detained are the chairman of Hebei Yineng Tower Engineering Co Ltd, and the project's chief engineer. It was one of China's deadliest workplace accidents in recent years and prompted calls from government officials for stepped-up inspections and a renewed emphasis on worker safety.

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China's Supreme People's Procuratorate (SPP) sent staff Thursday to investigate a power plant accident that killed 74 in eastern China, it said Friday.

Previous reports cited 13 detentions, while Monday's report did not indicate if the nine were part of that total.

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"We will conduct a serious investigation into the cause of the accident and hold those who are responsible accountable", Jiangxi vice governor Li Yihuang was quoted as saying. Chinese Vice Premier Ma Kai, State Councilor Guo Shengkun, and State Councilor Wang Yong met Sunday to direct safety watchdogs nationwide to launch thorough work safety checks in an effort to curb severe accidents and plug holes in safety standards.

The incident occured last week when a platform erected around a cooling tower suddenly collapsed, killing 74 people.

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The construction of two 1,000-megawatt coal-fired power units at the Ganneng Fengcheng power station began last July and was expected to be completed by early 2018, the local Yichun city government said a year ago.

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