Workplace accidents killed more than 66,000
More than 66,000 Chinese died in workplace accidents last year, a death toll that's "too high", a senior official in charge of the country's work safety issues said.
Yang Dongliang, director of the State Administration of Work Safety, said the death toll has seen a sharp drop compared with its peak in 2002, when 240,000 people died in 1.07 million workplace accidents.
A total of 931 coal miners died last year, down by 86.7 percent compared with the peak figure of 7,000 in 2002.
The Workplace Safety Law that was revised by the top legislature in August raised the maximum fine for workplace safety violations from 5 million yuan ($800,000) to the current 20 million yuan.