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Four miners killed in China

Four miners have been killed and one injured in China, hours after new safety rules came into effect to improve the poor safety standards of mines in the country in which hunderds of workers die every year.

Updated: Oct 09, 2010, 21:17 PM IST

Beijing: Four miners have been killed and
one injured in China, hours after new safety rules came into
effect to improve the poor safety standards of mines in the
country in which hunderds of workers die every year.

Four miners were killed and another was seriously
injured after a colliery collapsed in Xinjiang Uygur
Autonomous Region yesterday, official Xinhua reported today.
A pit owned by Xinjiang Shenhua Tiandian Mining Co.
Ltd. in Hutubi County in Changji Hui Autonomous Prefecture
caved yesterday when 23 miners were digging underground.

Eighteen miners escaped and four were found dead.

The injured is in a stable condition after emergency
treatment in hospital. This is the first accident almost on
the same day after the new safety rules which stipulated that
Managers should accompany the groups of miners into the pits
to ensure the safety came into effect.

Officials hope that the new rule would help bring
down the rate accidents as the Managers would take proper
steps to ensure their own safety.

More than 2,600 people died in mining accidents last
year in China, though the death rate has decreased in recent
years after the government claimed to have closed many illegal
mines.

Following a series of deadly mining accidents, the
government ordered mine managers to spend some time in the
shafts along with their miners, so that they would become more
focused on pit safety.

The new rule stipulates that any violation would
entail a fine from 150,000 yuan (USD22,400) to 5 million yuan,
depending on whether a serious accident has taken place.

Bosses could be fined from 10,000 yuan up to 80
per cent of their income the previous year and be banned for
life from working as supervisors at mines.

Miners also have the right not to go down into the
pits when their bosses have opted out of doing so themselves,
according to the regulation.

Latest reports said in order to escape the rule, Mine
owners started designating a number of miner as managers with
different ranks.

PTI

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