Provincial, municipal Party and government chiefs are to
shoulder more responsibility when it comes to work safety, a
spokesman with the State Administration of Work Safety (SAWS) said
Provincial, municipal Party and government chiefs are not exempt
from punishment if work safety accidents result in fatalities, SAWS
To date, only deputy governors or mayors in charge of work
safety have been held accountable for major disasters.
Huang Shengchu, president of the China Coal Information
Institute, told China Daily that a string of fatal major
accidents last year has made the leadership more determined to
broaden the accountability of officials.
Last year, four vice-governors were disciplined for coalmine
accidents. But governors and Party chiefs escaped punishment.
With four major coalmine accidents killing more than 100 miners
each time, 2005 was a black year for China's work safety
"The tightened system is expected to change the officials
attitude of emphasizing economic development at the expense of
human life," Huang said.
In the coming years, China is to take the fatality rate per 100
million yuan (US$12.3 million) of GDP and per 100,000 industrial
workers as its standard for assessing social and economic
Huang said the awareness of top officials is vital to realize
the central government's goal of work safety and development.
At a work safety discussion held last week, Huang's institute
proposed a package of safety measures to be implemented by the end
"SAWS is considering including the goals into the central
government plan," Huang added.
SAWS also vowed to close down this year another 35,800 factories
or enterprises that pose serious work safety threats.
Those on yesterday's blacklist include 8,053 non-coal mines,
2,500 chemical factories, and 25,000 construction companies.
(China Daily February 16, 2006)