Chinese officials say true work safety is a tough challenge
December 23, 2006 8:23pm CST
The equivalent of a jumbo jet of people a day are killed at work in China, safety officials said yesterday, adding it could take another two decades before there is significant improvement. But they lauded progress so far this year at closing down dangerous and illegal coal mines and pledged to crack down on corruption and recalcitrant companies that refused to take safety seriously, although they outlined no concrete measures. China, home to the world's most deadly mining industry, reports an average of 320 deaths at work daily Yet even with almost 110,000 work deaths this year, the toll decreased by 10 percent from last year "China is such a large country -- and a developing one at that -- with 1.3 billion people and is in a rapid pace of industrialization, so accidents happen easily and cannot be avoided," "The background of some accidents is that dereliction of duty, exchanging favors for money, collusion between businesses and officials, and corruption is quite serious," There is NO wonder Companies want to move their business over to China, unlike here in the states and other countries there are labor laws in place and fines handed out for unsafe work environments.