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46 Killed In Chinese Coal Mine Blast

Monday, June 21, 2010

A coal mine explosion in central China has killed 46 workers.  The State Work Safety Administration says 72 workers were trapped when a gunpowder store blew up at a coal mine in central China's Henan province.

A total of 26 miners escaped, but according to Xinhua wire service another 46 have been killed.

Despite efforts to improve work safety standards in China, large-scale accidents occur regularly.

According to official figures, 2,631 miners were killed in China last year, down from 3,215 the previous year.

Head of the state administration for coal mine safety, Zhao Tiechui, said in February that China would need at least 10 more years to improve safety standards and rein in the huge annual death toll.

Many mines operate illegally and many more ignore safety regulations in the pursuit of mining cheap coal.

Reported by ABC News: Posted Mon Jun 21, 2010 5:39pm AEST
EasyOHS Comment: 

What can we say? These type of incidents just keep happening in China.  It shows what happens when sub standard safety practices are the norm.


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