The “June 13″ gas explosion accident in Shiyan, Hubei still affects people’s hearts. On June 14, the Office of the State Council’s Security Committee and the Emergency Management Department held a video conference on national safety and precaution work, expressing the need to thoroughly investigate the accident process and causes, and to hold accountability in accordance with laws and regulations. Prior to this, Hubei Province also carried out safety production inspections and management work, including the gas industry, through the issuance of emergency notices and emergency meetings. With the disclosure of more information, while the explosion accident locked the two-story building with a history of nearly 30 years, the safety of the old community has also become the next focus of attention.
Accountability: the State Council listed for supervision
At about 6:40 on June 13, a gas explosion accident occurred at the Yanhu Community Fair in Zhangwan District, Shiyan City. As of the evening of June 14, the accident had caused 25 deaths. At present, the on-site search and rescue is still continuing.
Recalling the scene of the explosion, the owner of a plaster shop near the bazaar described it to a reporter from Beijing Business Daily: “The glass on the facade of our shop was blown up. I lived behind the shop and went out to look at it when it exploded. serious.”
According to the official Weibo report of “Shiyan Release”, the scene of the explosion was the Yanhu Community Vegetable Market in Zhangwan District. It was a two-story building constructed in the early 1990s. The first floor belongs to Runlian Property and the second floor belongs to the management of Yanhu Community. . Among them, there are 19 pharmacies, breakfast shops and other shops on the first floor, uninhabited activity rooms on the second floor, and 46 convenient stalls across the road.
According to the official website of the National Health Commission, the National Health Commission has sent a team of 6 emergency medical rescue experts to Shiyan, Hubei. As for the specific cause of the gas explosion, the official investigation results have not yet been released.
On June 14, the State Council Security Committee decided to supervise the investigation and handling of the gas explosion accident in Shiyan, Hubei. The meeting emphasized the need to deeply learn the lessons of the gas explosion accident in Shiyan, Hubei, draw inferences from one another, deepen the investigation and management of hidden dangers in various regions and key industries, and further strengthen safety Supervision and law enforcement inspections resolutely curb the proliferation of various accidents, and effectively protect the lives and property safety of the people. It also requires meticulous search and rescue work, effective treatment of the wounded, and best efforts to reduce casualties; thorough investigation of the accident process and causes, and serious accountability in accordance with laws and regulations.
In addition, the meeting requested that the key points should be highlighted, and key units and sites that may cause heavy casualties, such as chemical storage tanks, large-scale complexes, chemical parks, densely populated areas, gas and oil and gas pipelines, and various mining enterprises, should be closely guarded. Strictly prevent serious accidents. To deal with problems that seriously impact the safety of the people, such as the chaotic management of gas laying, the hidden fire hazards of moving and moving to high-rise buildings, the disorderly construction of chemical energy storage power stations, and the illegal manning of agricultural vehicles, we should promptly take control measures.
Remediation: a major investigation in the gas industry
At present, the cause of the accident is still inconclusive. So, what are the possible factors that will lead to a gas safety accident? Lin Boqiang, dean of the China Energy Policy Research Institute at Xiamen University, told the Beijing Business Daily that there may be multiple reasons. “The gas explosion may be related to urban expansion. In our infrastructure, all gas is taken from under the city. When wiring in the past, it is reasonable to keep the gas as far away as possible from the residential area. If it is in a residential area, there will be some special requirements for the wiring. However, due to urban expansion, areas that were not communities may become communities. It may be difficult to modify the original pipelines. However, the new pipelines may also cause safety accidents. This can only be determined after the investigation results come out.”
“How to make pipelines safer through renovation is a key thing. In the process of urban expansion, it is very important to update and upgrade infrastructure and equipment.” Lin Boqiang said, “In addition, equipment problems and human factors may cause gas. explosion.”
June this year is the 20th National “Safety Production Month”, and the occurrence of gas explosion accidents has also set off a wave of rectification of potential safety hazards. On the day of the accident on June 13, Hubei Province issued the “Emergency Notice on Doing a Good Job in Current Work Safety” (hereinafter referred to as the “Notice”) to deploy gas safety inspection and rectification work.
The “Notice” requires that a large-scale investigation and rectification of potential safety hazards such as natural gas pipelines (high-pressure pipeline networks), urban gas pipeline networks, and liquefied gas tanks (tanks, storage, transportation, and use) should be carried out quickly throughout the province to eliminate hidden dangers and ensure safety. Strictly investigate behaviors that do not implement real-name management of gas cylinders in accordance with regulations, strengthen the investigation and treatment of hidden safety hazards such as gas appliances, connecting hoses, pressure relief valves, and gas leak alarm devices in gas use places such as restaurants, and vigorously rectify illegal storage and transportation of bottled liquefied gas , Filling and upside-down, as well as unauthorized removal, modification, relocation, burying of gas facilities and appliances and other issues.
In addition, in view of the hidden dangers of pipelines, it is also required to organize the investigation of hidden dangers such as pressure, cross crossing, and insufficient spacing of oil and gas long-distance pipelines, and strengthen the supervision of hidden danger rectification. Strengthen the risk management and control of pipeline high-consequence areas, especially personnel-intensive high-consequence areas. Strengthen pipeline inspections and the management and control of surrounding third-party construction sites to prevent illegal construction from endangering pipeline safety. Carry out the investigation and treatment of geological disasters such as landslides, mudslides, and collapses around pipelines, and implement geological disaster prevention measures.
Prevention: focus on old communities
In addition to the inspection and rectification of production safety in key industries, fire prevention problems should be prevented from “burning”, and we must also focus on important places such as old communities.
At the emergency video conference on production safety in Hubei province on the evening of June 13, the secretary of the Hubei Provincial Party Committee Ying Yong emphasized that it is necessary to carry out comprehensive and in-depth investigations and remediation of hidden dangers in production safety, focusing on natural gas transmission and use, mining, electric power, chemical engineering, In key areas such as transportation and key places such as old communities, bazaars, tourist attractions, etc., thoroughly investigate and eliminate hidden risks.
“In urban construction and renewal, we must not only pay attention to planning management, but also strengthen building codes, and strictly implement the requirements of building safety and quality.” Ying Yong said.
Yan Yuejin, research director of the Think Tank Center of E-House Research Institute, told reporters from Beijing Business Daily that it is necessary to conduct key research on public safety issues related to housing, especially gas pipelines. If they are not handled well, various new problems will easily arise. May affect the operation of the entire city. As for the problem of gas pipelines, the follow-up also requires old communities to increase inspection and management to prevent risks.
According to reports, the Wuhan Municipal Housing Management Bureau will investigate the city’s hidden housing safety hazards, hidden fire hazards in property communities, hidden fire hazards in rental houses (including long-term rental apartments), hidden fire hazards in public rental houses, and hidden fire hazards in historical buildings, with a focus on registered dilapidated houses and old buildings. A comprehensive inspection of the house was carried out.
In addition, strengthening public education is also the top priority of safety. Wuhan will also focus on strengthening security inspections for large-scale commercial gas users and small-scale catering users of bottled LPG. Natural gas companies should conduct inspections and repairs on users’ valves, pipelines, meters, etc., to help users eliminate potential safety hazards and improve users’ awareness of safe gas use.
“China’s safety has always been the first priority, but it does not mean that there are no problems. The government must review the company’s safety thresholds and carry out strict rectification, and the pipelines running under residential areas must be renovated to be safer. In addition, Gas education on the consumer side is also very important. Forgetting to turn off gas, aging equipment, improper operation, etc., will cause hidden dangers. We must strengthen gas safety education for the public, and gas suppliers and communities should conduct safety publicity to explain its benefits.” Lin Boqiang said.
Beijing Commercial Daily reporter Tao Feng Lu Yinling
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