Print This Page Email This Page
Over 9,000 People Die in Accidents in October

In 53,173 accidents throughout China in October 9,007 people lost their lives the country's safety supervisory body said Monday on its website.


The death toll was down 9.7 percent or 964 less than October last year and the number of accidents dropped by 9.8 percent which is 5,769 less than October of 2005, according to the State Administration of Work Safety (SAWS).


The administration said 529 people were killed in 130 major accidents throughout China last month. These figures are down 12 and 12.8 percent respectively from the same month a year ago.


SAWS said coal mine accidents rose sharply since early October with 345 people killed in 174 such accidents in October. The figures are up 44.4 and 26.1 percent respectively from September.


They attributed the increase of coal mine accidents during production to an overly relaxed management style. Coal mine safety was a "serious" problem facing the industry, SAWS said.  


Last Sunday 17 miners were killed in a gas explosion at a coalmine in north China's Shanxi Province and another 30 remain missing.


SAWS Director Li Yizhong and head of the State Administration of Coal Mine Safety Li Tiechui went to the scene to assist organize rescue operations.


A gas blast at a coal mine in northeast China's Jilin Province on Saturday left seven miners dead. On October 31 a gas explosion at a coal mine in northwest China's Gansu Province claimed the lives of 29 people. On October 5 a gas blast killed 10 miners at a coal mine in Heilongjiang Province in northeast China.


China's mining industry is the deadliest in the world. Each year approximately 6,000 people are killed in explosions, floods, collapses or other accidents.

(Xinhua News Agency November 7, 2006)

Related Stories
- 35 Confirmed Dead in Flooded Henan Colliery
- China Moves to Curb Workplace Accidents with Tougher Penalties
- Death Toll Rises to 31 in Shaanxi Coal Mine Blast
- Programme Targets Children's Accidents
- China Reports Fewer Accidents, Deaths in Industrial Production
- Legislature to Discuss Draft Law on Coping with Emergencies
- Govt to Amend Criminal Code to Curb Production Accidents
- US$60 Bln to Reduce Industrial Accidents
- Industrial Accidents Rescue System Planned for 2008

Print This Page Email This Page
'Tomorrow Plan' Helps Disabled Orphans
First Chinese Volunteers Head for South America
East China City Suspends Controversial Chemical Project Amid Pollution Fears
Second-hand Smoke a 'Killer at Large'
Private Capital Flows to Developing Countries Hit New Record in 2006
Survey: Most of China's Disabled Not Financially Independent

Product Directory
China Search
Country Search
Hot Buys