Work­place ac­ci­dents killed more than 66,000

China Daily (Canada) - - FRONT PAGE -

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.

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