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Government urged to tackle safety problems
By Zhao Huanxin (China Daily)
Updated: 2005-08-26 05:59

The government has been urged to tackle coal mine and workplace safety as at least seven fatal accidents, each claiming three lives, happen every day.

Rescuers carry a water pump during rescue operations at the flooded coal mine in Huanghuai town in Xingning city, August 9, 2005. [newsphoto]
In a report to the 17th meeting of the Standing Committee of the 10th National People's Congress (NPC), Senior legislator Li Tieying said China's Law on Work Safety should be steadfastly enforced.

"(We) propose the State Council and relevant departments ensure a drastic reduction in the number of gas explosion accidents in coal mines within two years... and resolve the problem of smaller mines within about three years," he said yesterday.

Li, vice-chairman of the NPC Standing Committee, made the remarks in his report to the standing committee's 17th meeting in Beijing.

In China, the NPC Standing Committee is entitled to supervise the work of the State Council - China's cabinet.

Li headed a four-month tour to check on implementation of the 2002 Law on Work Safety, paying particular attention to the coal mine sector.

The findings were appalling, though overall, the statute has brought about positive results, the legislator said.
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