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Government officials have pledged to improve oversight of the mining industry after four miners were finally rescued from a gypsum mine in Shandong last night, 36 days after the mine collapsed on 25 December 2015.
As temperatures plummet across the whole of China, there is a growing risk that more street sweepers will be badly injured or even killed in accidents related to poor weather.
The Tianjin warehouse disaster that killed 173 people prompted calls from the highest levels of government to improve work safety in China but there has been no indication since then that safety has improved. Photo China Daily.
The chief suspect in the arson attack on a bus in the north-western city of Yinchuan on 5 January is reportedly a 34-year-old labour contractor named Ma Yongping who was owed 336,000 yuan for plumbing work completed by his labourers more two years ago.
The Party Secretary and county head in Pingyi, Shandong, have both been dismissed in the wake of the 25 December gypsum mine collapse in the county which left one miner confirmed dead and 17 still trapped underground five days later.
More than 70 people are feared dead after a massive wave of mud and construction debris inundated an industrial park in the northern suburbs of Shenzhen on 20 December destroying or burying 33 buildings.
At least 13 workers were killed and ten injured in a coal mine fire in the north-eastern province of Liaoning yesterday, while in Heilongjiang on 16 December, a gas explosion has almost certainly killed 19 miners, the official Chinese media reported today.
Sanitation workers in the southern city of Guangzhou have had considerable success over the last few years in taking collective action to improve their pay and working conditions but far too many elderly cleaners and street sweepers remain vulnerable and unprotected.
A coal mine fire in the north-eastern province of Heilongjiang has killed 21 miners, with one of 38 miners working underground at the time still missing, according to the official Chinese media.
A building collapse in the central Chinese province of Henan on 30 October killed at least 17 construction workers and injured another 23, many seriously. It was the latest in a string of incidents in China’s notoriously dangerous construction industry.

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