In an effort to expand the coverage of insurance for workplace
injuries, the Shenzhen municipal government will carry out a
two-month-long inspection of construction companies, officials of
the labor and social security bureau in Shenzhen told a press
The inspection, starting June 20, is the city's first inspection
related to workplace injury insurance. Companies which have not
purchased injury insurance for their workers will be fined up to
20,000 yuan (US$2,500), officials said.
Construction workers are vulnerable to workplace injuries, but
only half of the more than 400,000 workers in the industry are
insured against work-related injury, said officials.
"It's easy for construction companies to escape work injury
insurance, because most construction workers are migrants and work
short terms," said Du Bin, vice director of the social insurance
fund management center. Du said few subcontractors buy workplace
injury insurance, which amounts to 1 percent of the workers'
Some employers hide the number of workers or the total salaries
paid to workers to save on insurance premium, said Du, adding that
such companies would be fined up to three times the total amount of
(Shenzhen Daily June 16, 2006)