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Chinese deaths due to accidents drop 5 pct in 2011

(Xinhua)

09:40, January 15, 2012

BEIJING, Jan. 14 (Xinhua) -- More than 75,000 people were killed in China last year due to accidents, a 5-percent year-on-year drop, Luo Lin, head of the State Administration of Work Safety, said Saturday.

Luo said at a national work safety conference that work safety improved in the country's most important sectors last year.

Coal mine accidents killed 1,973 miners, down 19 percent year-on-year, while the number of coal mine accidents dropped 14.4 percent to 1,201, Luo said.

A total of 4,799 people were held responsible for fatal accidents last year, of which 808 people were investigated for criminal liability, Luo said.

In 2012, an accident investigation panel under the State Council, or China's Cabinet, settled nine of 13 major accidents last year, with nine occurring in 2010 and four in 2011, Luo said.

Luo said the country still faces a "grave" work safety situation despite the progress made last year, as the number of accidents is still large and major accidents frequently occur.

The country aims to reduce its accident-related death toll by no less than 2.1 percent in 2012, with that for coal mine accidents down no less than 2.6 percent, Luo noted.

Luo said the administration will also make efforts to improve the prevention and treatment of occupational hazards and create occupational health-related regulations and laws.

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