Human errors are blamed for most fatal work place accidents, a
senior Chinese work safety official said Wednesday.
"Studies show that more than 90 percent of work place accidents
were caused by human errors." said Sun Huashan, deputy director of
the State Administration of Work Safety at 2006 International
Conference on Occupational Safety Training held in Beijing on
The deputy director attributed the errors and the accidents to
people's lack of work safety awareness and knowledge. He stressed
the importance of nationwide training of work place safety, adding
that China will establish a web-based training system by 2010.
Trainees will include workers and officials, Sun said.
"Fatigue is a major contributor to industrial accidents and
disasters." said Laurence Svirchev from Workers' Compensation Board
of BC, Canada.
He proposed that Fatigue Management should be included as an
essential component in every occupational safety and health program
for high-risk industries.
Zu Liangrong, an official with the International Training Center
of the International Labor Office (ILO), reviewed the occupational
safety and health and labor inspection organized by ILO Turin
Center in the past years.
He said it is quite necessary to widen and specify the work
safety-related education and training.
Zu suggested the training should be carried out on five levels
including the national, the institutional, the sectoral, the
enterprise levels and specific courses for social partners.
Zhang Pingyuan, deputy director of Personnel Training Department
of the State Administration of Work Safety pointed out that there
is a long way to go for improving China's work safety training.
"People apparently lack basic knowledge in work place safety."
said Zhang, "More laws and regulations are needed in this aspect,
and future training should cover rural labors." he added.
Zhang also called for more investment in the existing training
programs and a better supervision mechanism.
Some entrepreneurs from domestic manufacturing and mining
industries also attended Wednesday's conference.
China reported 717,938 work place accidents in 2005, which
killed 127,089 people and caused enormous economic losses.
(Xinhua News Agency August 10, 2006)