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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.
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.
More than 130 people have died in work accidents in the two months since the massive explosions at a chemical warehouse in Tianjin which killed 173 and injured hundreds of others on 12 August 2015.
More than a week after the massive landslide that inundated a small mining community in rural Shaanxi in the early hours of 12 August, there is little chance that the 56 people still listed as missing are alive. Nine bodies have so far been recovered. Photo: Sina News.
At least 26 miners have now died and another 50 have been injured (18 seriously) in a fire at a state-owned coal mine in the north-eastern province of Liaoning in the early hours of Wednesday morning.
Accident and death rates in China’s coal mines are coming down but this does not necessarily mean the mines are any safer. Coal prices are at a six year low and production is being cut back. What happens when prices rise again? Photograph by Peter Parks/AFP.
Sunday 28 April is the International Labour Organization World Day for Safety and Health at Work, the day workers around the world commemorate the victims of work accidents and occupational disease and urge all governments to take action.
A landslide that crashed down a Tibetan mountain, entombing scores of mine workers, serves as a parable on China's resources boom and its failure to benefit ethnic minorities, analysts say.
The Chinese authorities have confirmed that there is little chance any of the 83 workers buried during a massive mudslide at a Tibetan gold mine on 29 March will be found alive. Only 11 bodies have so far been recovered after three days of searching in inhospitable conditions, official news reports said.
A spate of accidents has put the spotlight back on the fast-expanding Chinese coal industry, the world's deadliest for coal miners despite a measurably improved safety record in recent years.

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