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4 killed, 32 injured in iron works explosion in eastern China

An explosion at an iron works in an eastern Chinese province killed four people and left 32 injured Monday, state media reported, amid a string of deadly industrial accidents across the country.

The explosion in Jiangxi province smashed the Xinyu Group Iron Works' 100-ton No. 2 furnace, the official Xinhua News Agency said. It said the injured were transported to hospital but gave no word on the cause of the accident.

Staff members reached by phone at the company confirmed the explosion, but said they had no other information to provide. Local government officials declined to comment, and all refused to give their names.

Further north in Jilin province, six people were killed and 11 were missing after an explosion at a coal mine on Monday, Xinhua said. That came just three days after a blast at the same mine outside the city of Baishan killed 28 miners. The cause of the most recent accident was under investigation.

Meanwhile, workers on Monday had recovered 36 bodies from the site of a massive landslide outside Tibet's capital Lhasa that buried 83 copper miners on Friday, Xinhua said.

China has struggled to boost workplace safety in recent years amid the pressures of rapid economic growth. Tougher enforcement of safety rules has brought major improvements in areas such as coal mining, while companies have also been forced to improve conditions to attract workers amid a tightening labor market.