All provincial and municipal authorities must act on findings of
investigations of serious workplace accidents occurred since 2005,
the State Council's work safety committee office ordered
A check on the local investigations and whether the parties
responsible were accordingly dealt with "must be instantly
organized" and reported to the office by work safety departments
before January 15, said the document, released on the State
Administration of Work Safety (SAWS) website at www.chinasafety.gov.cn.
Such reports should include the latest updates on every
investigation, whether each case was closed within a reasonable
time, and reports on the financial, Party, administrative as well
as legal punishments of all the parties involved, the document
These will act as a direct response to the tardy progress seen
in the investigations of accidents in some areas, the document
Nepotism at the local government level has hindered bringing
"people responsible for workplace accidents to justice", SAWS
director Li Yizhong had earlier said.
For example, five people found responsible for a coal mine blast
that killed 171 in Heilongjiang Province in November 2005 were
jailed only last Saturday. The men were reportedly detained by
local police in December 2005 but were released on bail nine months
The five were arrested again last month, after Li visited the
site of the accident and learnt of the case's progress.
A notorious and unauthorized coal mine in Chenzhou, Hunan
Province, has been making the headlines for its harsh treatment of
workers and attempts to cover up accidents. But the mine's chief,
Huang Shengfu, reportedly managed to stay in the clear and bought
himself out of any legal liability, reported the Oriental
Eight respective probes into the mine by the central and
provincial disciplinary committees as of last month all returned no
clear results, the document stated.
SAWS said on Sunday that there were about 457,000 workplace
accidents reported from January to November this year, representing
a decrease of 22.4 percent year-on-year. The number of accident
deaths also dropped to 88,923, a year-on-year decrease of 14
During the past 11 months, a total of 83 serious accidents, each
of which 10 or more people were killed, claimed a total of 1,380
lives, SAWS reported.
(China Daily December 25, 2007)