safety

Jilin Slaughterhouse Fire Raises Safety Concerns

The death toll from a fire at a Jilin slaughterhouse on Monday has risen to at least 120, prompting the detention of a senior official at the plant’s operator, anger on the part of bereaved relatives, and a call from the...

Minibus Accident Leaves 10 Dead, 10 Injured

After a bus crash that left 11 schoolchildren dead in Jiangxi, another accident involving an overloaded minibus killed ten people, five of whom were children, from The South China Morning Post: At least 10 people, including five...

Hubei High-Speed Rail Line Collapses

A 300-metre stretch of high-speed rail track near Wuhan collapsed on Friday due to “persistent rain”, according to Xinhua. The Hanyi High-speed Railway, which links the provincial capital Wuhan and Yichang city, is...

Part of Beijing Airport Roof Takes Flight

Architects behind Beijing Airport’s flagship Terminal 3 have defended its design following severe wind damage to the building’s roof, and claimed that sub-standard materials are to blame. China Real Time Report sees...

Investigation Underway into Henan Highway Bus Fire

An official investigation into a fire which killed 41 bus passengers late last month has yet to definitively explain the accident, but overcrowding and circumvention of security checks appear to have contributed. Both are said...

China’s Melamine Woes Likely to Get Worse

Time Magazine looks back at the crisis over product safety in China and around the world in 2007, and asks why nothing changed since then: A year later, that foreign criticism of China’s food safety problems doesn’t...

China Paying Price for Industrial Boom

There has been more than 4,500 workers killed on the job in the mining industry in China this year, reported AP. In the country’s most recent disaster, rescuers on Wednesday raised the death toll to 166 following a weekend explosion at a mine in central China.

Rehabilitating China’s Killer Coal Mines

From People’s Daily: “The State Administration of Work Safety reports that in the first nine months of 2004, 4,153 people died in mining accidents, a figure that the administration admits may be low because of cover-ups or inaccurate reporting. Reports of coal mine accidents are so frequent they seem commonplace, but the quick succession of […]

Coal Mine Blast Kills 15 in Shaanxi

From Xinhua today: “Officials in northwest China’s Shaanxi Province have confirmed 15 deaths in the coal mine blast that took place there Tuesday afternoon. The explosion occurred at 4:50 PM in the state-owned No. 1 coal mine of the Huangling Mining Co. as an estimated 85 miners were working under ground. Reports indicate that 65 […]

China’s deadly mines

“China’s mines are among the most deadly workplaces in the world with fatal accidents reported on an almost daily basis. Many deaths go unrecorded because mine owners fear being punished and local officials in poorer regions are keen to keep open what is often one of the few sources of employment. On top of that, […]

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