Home>News Center>China

Workplace death toll set to soar in China
By Fu Jing (China Daily)
Updated: 2005-07-14 05:47

"We are in such a phase of industrialization and should be highly cautious," said Huang, who added that the per-capita GDP in China reached US$1,000 in 2003 and is expected to rise to US$3,000 in 2020.

Huang's team predicted there is slim chance for China to curb its work safety situation by 2020, but added that workplace deaths and injuries will greatly decrease after China finishes its process of industrialization.

The team also regards the years around 2010 as a "sensitive time," and likely to see the sharpest rise in workplace accidents.

Way out

"It doesn't mean that we have no ways to curb such a horrible trend in China," said Huang.

A stronger commitment by China's highest leadership has laid a solid foundation to keep the work safety record from worsening, he continued.

Earlier this year, the State Council promoted the State Administration of Work Safety to a ministry-level department. And the government channelled a total of 3 billion yuan (US$361 million) in 2005 to improve safety equipment in coal mines.

"Restructuring China's economy would decrease the number of deaths and injuries," said Huang.

Currently, sectors such as mineral mining, manufacturing and construction have contributed the lion's share to China's economy, and deaths and injuries are prone to occur if no labour protection measures are taken.

Page: 12

Special police detachment established in Xi'an
Panda cubs doing well in Wolong
Suspect arrested in Taiwan
  Today's Top News     Top China News

Taiwan's KMT Party to elect new leader Saturday



'No trouble brewing,' beer industry insists



Critics see security threat in Unocal bid



DPRK: Nuke-free peninsula our goal



Workplace death toll set to soar in China



No foreign controlling stakes in steel firms


  No foreign controlling stakes in steel firms
  China-made telescopes race to space
  'No trouble brewing,' beer industry insists
  HK investors cautious on mainland homes
  Law in pipeline to ban money laundering
  Overseas students test their Chinese abilities
  Go to Another Section  
  Story Tools  
  News Talk  
  It is time to prepare for Beijing - 2008