Lead­ers Seek Bet­ter Work Safety Mech­a­nism

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Chi­nese lead­ers on Mon­day called for an im­proved work safety mech­a­nism that would be more ef­fec­tive in pre­vent­ing ac­ci­dents. In a mes­sage to a meet­ing hon­or­ing out­stand­ing safety work, Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping asked au­thor­i­ties to keep in mind that “de­vel­op­ment should not come at the cost of safety”. Reg­u­la­tors should fo­cus on con­tain­ing and pre­vent­ing ma­jor ac­ci­dents, re­solve ex­ist­ing prob­lems and elim­i­nate the root causes of is­sues. Proper im­ple­men­ta­tion of the work safety re­spon­si­bil­ity mech­a­nism would pro­tect the in­ter­ests of the peo­ple, the mes­sage said. With China’s work safety con­di­tions com­pli­cated, in an­other mes­sage Pre­mier Li Ke­qiang asked reg­u­la­tors and su­per­vi­sors to keep up their good work. “China should re­form the work safety sec­tor and do more to cre­ate a work safety risk con­trol sys­tem,” Mr Li said.

De­spite reg­u­lar calls for bet­ter safety, fre­quent tragedies still oc­cur be­cause of lack of safety aware­ness, poor reg­u­la­tion and lax im­ple­men­ta­tion of safety mea­sures. On Mon­day morn­ing, an ex­plo­sion in a coal mine in south­west China’s Chongqing Mu­nic­i­pal­ity trapped 33 min­ers un­der­ground. The State Ad­min­is­tra­tion of Work Safety has sent a team to help with the res­cue and de­manded a thor­ough in­ves­ti­ga­tion. Xin­hua

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