China mine accident kills 10

2012-09-08 13:41

Beijing - Ten miners have been killed in an accident in a coal mine in northwest China, state media said on Saturday, a week after an explosion killed 45 miners in another part of the country.

The Xinhua news agency said the accident occurred at the Huacaoton Coal Mine in Shandan County of Gansu Province on Thursday evening, with the last body pulled from the mine early on Saturday, according to a safety official.

The 10 workers fell off a platform when it overturned more than 200m above the bottom of the mine's shaft, which was flooded with water, the agency said.

Accidents in China's mines occur frequently.

Last week a gas explosion in a coal mine in the city of Panzhihua in Sichuan province killed 45 people, in the worst mining accident to hit the country this year.

China's mines are among the deadliest in the world due to lax regulation, corruption and inefficiency. Accidents are common because safety is often neglected by bosses seeking quick profits.

The latest official figures show 1 973 people died in coal mining accidents in China in 2011, a 19% decline on the previous year.

Labour rights groups, however, say the actual death toll is likely to be much higher, partly due to under-reporting of accidents as mine bosses seek to limit their economic losses and avoid punishment.

China is the world's biggest consumer of coal, relying on the fossil fuel for 70% of its growing energy needs.

  • lodewyk.fred - 2012-09-08 14:08

    Whats new?

  • william.letsong.5 - 2012-09-08 14:10

    How I wish the Chinese can come and mine here.

  • klaus.broszeit.1 - 2012-09-08 14:45

    Just go and look at the filth in Chinese Restaurant kitchens and shops ( such as in Monte Vista ) than you can imagine what the mining look like in China.Been to China a few times over the years only corruption and making a quick bug. Never mind for the people by the people. Look at all these many Chines Prostitutes sitting in massage parlor houses all over SA lately with their Chinese Pimps.How do they get visas ?

  • AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-09-08 15:08

    . These slimy Chinese, are causing havoc in Africa, destroying tens of thousands of jobs, while exporting the rot of China to Africa. Demanding Africa's raw materials on THEIR terms and exporting their cheap junk to this continent. One should tear up this dumb BRICs agreement and close Africa's door to China !!!

      klaus.broszeit.1 - 2012-09-08 15:47

      Ant you are right.China is in fact busy taking over the worlds economy in continents such as Africa and South America.The products they export are bad,doing buss with them is like walking on a slippery slope as most of the time they cheat.I have been on flights from Hong Kong to JHB and every time the plane is full with mainland Chinese uneducated and dirty.Unlike Taiwan were people are highly educated.It is now too late to get rid of the Chinese as they have already all the necessary government people in their pocket.Hence the easy obtain ability of Visas.Once the one person has a visa they bring the whole extended family ( or what they claim to be family ) to SA. Poor our Country!

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