More ef­forts pledged to boost work safety

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - TOP NEWS - By XIN­HUA

China will do more to en­sure that work­place safety rules are bet­ter en­forced, State Coun­cilor Wang Yong said Satur­day.

“De­spite progress, work safety re­mains in a se­vere sit­u­a­tion,” he said while an­swer­ing leg­is­la­tors’ ques­tions at a joint in­quiry meet­ing.

The meet­ing was part of the bi­monthly ses­sion of the Na­tional Peo­ple’s Congress Stand­ing Com­mit­tee that ended Sun­day.

Leg­is­la­tion on work safety will be im­proved, and su­per­vi­sion and in­spec­tions will be stepped up, Wang said. He added that the au­thor­i­ties will fo­cus on key in­dus­tries and sec­tors to pre­vent se­ri­ous ac­ci­dents.

In an­swer to a leg­is­la­tor’s ques­tion about coal mine ac­ci­dents, Yang Huan­ning, di­rec­tor of the State Ad­min­is­tra­tion of Work Safety, said such ac­ci­dents were the re­sult of in­ad­e­quate in­vest­ment in equip­ment and weak safety man­age­ment.

Su­per­vi­sors will be sent to more than 7,000 coal mines na­tion­wide along with 30 se­cret in­ves­ti­ga­tion teams, he said, adding that re­gions or mines that are found to have work safety prob­lems will be named and shamed.

At Satur­day’s meet­ing, Chen Zheng­gao, min­is­ter of

De­spite progress, work safety re­mains in a se­vere sit­u­a­tion.” Wang Yong, State Coun­cilor

hous­ing and ur­ban-ru­ral devel­op­ment, called for stan­dard­ized su­per­vi­sion on the con­struc­tion qual­ity of homes in ru­ral ar­eas, as fre­quent ac­ci­dents have oc­curred.

Vice-Min­is­ter of Agri­cul­ture Chen Xiao­hua also said over 1,000 peo­ple a year are killed in ac­ci­dents in­volv­ing farm ma­chin­ery.

“We have im­proved man­age­ment of li­cense plates for trac­tors and com­bine har­vesters and driver’s li­censes, and pro­vided sub­si­dies for farm­ers to buy bet­ter-qual­ity ma­chin­ery,” Chen said. He said China has about 25 mil­lion trac­tors and com­bine har­vesters.

Leg­is­la­tors also dis­cussed a re­port on traf­fic safety. Min­is­ter of Trans­port Li Xiaopeng promised to make it eas­ier for the pub­lic to re­port il­le­gally mod­i­fied or over­loaded trucks and vowed tougher penal­ties for vi­o­la­tions.

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