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Death toll from work accidents in China down 14% in Q1
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20:09, April 17, 2008

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The death toll from all work place accidents in China, including traffic, dropped 14.3 percent year-on-year in the first quarter, the nation's top work safety official said on Thursday.

In total, 19,248 people were killed in 113,424 accidents, 18.3 percent fewer than the same period a year ago, said Wang Jun, head of the State Administration of Work Safety.

The toll from coal mine accidents dropped 24.5 percent in the three months to March and fell 13.4 percent in road traffic accidents, said Wang, without providing specific figures.

"Despite the decline in the death toll, the work safety situation was still grim," he told local work safety officials at a televised conference here in Beijing.

The number of fatal accidents that killed 10 to 29 people, however, reported a huge increase, the official said.

In total, 420 people were killed in 29 such fatal accidents, 40percent and 70.6 percent, respectively, more than the same period last year.

Illegal production hasn't been totally rooted out despite frequent crackdowns, as it was blamed for the deaths of 111 people in 16 mine accidents alone.

During the first three months, the work safety watchdog also reported the cover-up of six coal mine accidents that each killed more than two people.


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