Baogang Worker Commits Suicide by Jumping in BF Slag Pit
Global Times reported that a worker in a Baotou Iron and Steel Group’s plant in Baotou in North China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region jumped into the
Global Times reported that a worker in a Baotou Iron and Steel Group’s plant in Baotou in North China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region jumped into the molten metal in a blast furnace slag pit and died and a video showing this incident went viral. The video clip shows that a person jumped into a furnace after lingering on its side for a while. Rumors circulating online said that the person in the video, a male worker at Baogang Group, committed suicide by jumping into the molten metal because of too much pressure at work. In the video, he walked to the slag spray port during the smelting operation which was glowing red due to the high temperature. Standing at side of the port, he peeked into it, took off his hat, walked a few more steps toward the converter, jumped and disappeared in the video. The time in the footage appears to be Wednesday March 24, 2021 but the exact time of the incident cannot be determined as the image is not clear and incomplete. The footage was apparently taken from surveillance video of the steelworks.
Baotou Emergency Management Bureau expressed sympathy for the victim but said that it is not clear about when and where the incident happened. The identity of the victim and the cause of death have not been confirmed and the police have started an investigation.
Baogang Group, established in 1954, is a major steel producer and China's largest light rare-earth metals producer. It now owns two listed companies, the Inner Mongolia Baotou Steel Union and the China Northern Rare Earth, with total assets of more than 180 billion Yuan and 48,000 registered employees.