Food company fined 100,000 yuan

The Bakels Shanghai is among 11 firms to be exposed for serious work safety violations this year.

A local food company has been fined 100,000 yuan (US$15,000) for recruiting workers without health certificates.

The city’s safety agency said on Tuesday that The Bakels Shanghai didn’t organize health checks or demand health certificates from its workers, and allowed them to process food, which might have caused health risks.

According to the Shanghai Work Safety Administration 11 companies and two individuals have been caught seriously violating work safety rules. They were fined a total of more than 750,000 yuan.

Shanghai Beiqiao Gas Supplying Company has paid the highest cost. First it was fined nearly 80,000 yuan for running a business related to hazardous chemical products though its license had expired, and then it was fined a further 120,000 yuan fine for the same violation.

Four companies were together fined 270,000 yuan for not storing hazardous chemical products in a suitably protected warehouse.

Figures show that from January to July, 1,114 companies were punished for work safety violations and fined a total of 16.24 million yuan. Over the same period, 241 work safety accidents occurred in Shanghai, claiming 240 lives.

Both the number of accidents and the death toll decreased from last year — down 9.47 and 7.4 percent respectively.

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