The Ministry of Emergency Management called for penalties for those responsible for an explosion at a chemical company in Sichuan province that killed 19 people and injured 12 on July 12.
The incident pointed to ineffective supervision and a lack of a sense of safety development from the local government.
The explosion, which occurred at Yibin Hengda Technology Co in Yibin's Jiang'an county, was the result of the company's disrespect for the law and regulations, the ministry said.
After the incident, the Sichuan government launched an investigation and paid compensation to the victims' families, according to the provincial information office.
The investigation found that the owner of the company began building the factory in July 2017 without approval from the local government, said Sun Guangyu, an official at the ministry.