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A draft amend­ment to a workplace safety law would sig­nif­i­cantly in­crease pun­ish­ments for com­pa­nies that vi­o­late reg­u­la­tions.

Among other rules, the draft pro­poses that com­pa­nies be fined up to 1 mil­lion yuan ($163,000) if they use un­cer­ti­fied safety equip­ment in high-risk in­dus­tries such as min­ing and the stor­age of dan­ger­ous goods. The cur­rent fine is 50,000 yuan.

The draft, which was brought for­ward by the State Ad­min­is­tra­tion of Work Safety, was re­viewed for the first round by the leg­is­la­tors dur­ing the bi-monthly ses­sion of the NPC Stand­ing Com­mit­tee that ended on Thurs­day.

Emer­gency res­cue teams should be es­tab­lished in key in­dus­tries to im­prove re­sponse to ac­ci­dents, the draft said.

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