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Equipment accidents remain a matter of concern

By ZHENG XIN (China Daily)

08:57, August 29, 2012

Accidents involving "special equipment" killed 26 people and injured 16 in July, with 10 more deaths compared with that of the same period last year, said the country’s quality authority.

However, accidents and casualties involving special equipment both have seen a year-on-year decline in the first half of 2012, officials said.

Chinese quality supervision departments use the term "special equipment" to describe eight categories of large devices, including pressure vessels, large boilers, elevators, passenger cableways and special vehicles.

A total of 96 accidents involving special equipment killed 89 people in the country during the first half of this year, a year-on-year decrease of 15 percent and 22 percent respectively, according to the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine on Tuesday.

"The safety condition of the special equipment remains steady, but unlicensed manufacturing of the equipment and quality issues are still problems," said Liu Hongsheng, an official with the administration.

July witnessed 22 special-equipment accidents, four more than July 2011, according to the administration.

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