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Gov't to focus on improved work safety: official
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The Chinese authorities have started to probe into the massive fire, involved 30-story building that is part of CCTV new headquarters, said China's work safety regulator Wednesday.

Huang Yi, spokesman for the State Administration of Work Safety (SAWS), said that governments at all levels had been focusing on workplace safety and the investigation of potential risks this year.

SAWS also planned to set up a hotline and an online entrance for public report on work safety to perfect the supervision system, he told Xinhua.

He promised that whenever a serious accident takes place, SAWS would inform the media, investigate the accident and report progress of the investigation to the public as soon as possible, in an effort to promote better supervision.

During the interview, Huang also mentioned that the State Council had started an investigation into the massive fire at China Central Television's (CCTV) new building.

China's central government had been deeply concerned with the accident, as it had caused great damage, he said.

The fire on the night of Feb. 9, involved a 30-storey building which housed the nearly-completed luxury Mandarin Oriental Hotel, part of the new headquarters of the state television network, in Beijing's Central Business District.

A fireman died and seven people, including six firemen and a construction worker, were injured in the blaze.

Banned fireworks had been blamed for the accident, according to previous investigations done by the government of Beijing.

Police had already arrested 12 people, who had been allegedly involved in causing the fire.

(Xinhua News Agency April 9, 2009)

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