From AP, via ABC News:
They work in one of the world’s most hazardous industries, tunneling far beneath the earth’s surface for coal to power China’s booming economy.
But two days after a gas explosion killed 209 people at the Sunjiawan mine in the country’s most deadly mining accident in decades, miners in this northeastern city said Tuesday that their biggest worry is making a living.
China’s mines are the world’s deadliest: last year more than 6,000 Chinese miners died in fires, floods and explosions. That’s an average of about 16 per day, despite government pledges to improve worker safety.