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137,000 Killed In Accidents In 2004

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Posted 17 January 2005 - 02:58 PM

137,000 killed in accidents in 2004
www.chinaview.cn 2005-01-17 10:21:22

BEIJING, Jan. 17 (Xinhuanet) -- A total of 136,755 people were killed in traffic, work-related and other accidents in China last year, said a senior official with the State Administration of WorkSafety here Monday.

The death toll, however, marked a 0.23 percent decrease, or 315fewer fatalities, compared to 2003, said Liang Jiakun, deputy director of the administration at a press conference held by the Information Office of the State Council, China's cabinet.

China reported a total of 803,571 accidents of various kinds last year, down 16.22 percent year-on-year.

Road accidents claimed 107,077 fatalities, up 1.78 percent, or 1,875 more deaths compared to 2003, according to Liang.

During the period, China reported four civil aviation accidents,causing 61 fatalities, while in 2003, there was only one civil aviation accident with no deaths.

"During the fourth quarter of last year, devastating accidents occurred one after another," said Liang. "We have been busily investigating these accidents."

Liang said China has set the goal to reduce the number of devastating accidents, which caused ten or more deaths each, by 5 percent this year. China also strives to lower the growth rate of deaths from road accidents by 1.5 percentage points. Enditem

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Posted 17 January 2005 - 02:59 PM

Coal mine accidents claim 6,027 lives last year
www.chinaview.cn 2005-01-17 10:17:49

BEIJING, Jan. 17 (Xinhuanet) -- A total of 6,027 people were killed in China's coal mines last year, said a senior official with the State Administration of Work Safety here Monday.

The death toll, however, marked a 6.33 percent decrease, or 407fewer fatalities, compared to 2003, said Liang Jiakun, deputy director of the administration at a press conference held by the Information Office of the State Council, China's cabinet.

China reported a total of 3,639 fatal coal mine accidents last year, down 12.17 percent year-on-year.

Though the number of accidents and fatalities have decreased, Liang said, the national work safety situation is still grave.

"China has set the goal to reduce the fatalities in coal mines by 3 percent this year," said Liang. "We will also try to eliminate any single coal mine accident causing 100 fatalities or more."

To achieve the goal, said Liang, China will work hard on the prevention of gas outburst and improvement of safety condition in coal mines.

"We will suspend or close down any mine that fails to meet safety standards, and guard against capacity-exceeding production activities," said Liang. "Mines with any record of gas outburst phenomenon must be rectified in strict accordance with the safety standards."

"China will establish a national emergency rescue command center," said Liang. "A work mechanism will be in place featuring free flow of information and quick response when emergencies occur."

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