04 Dec '11, 7am

Why Chinese coal miners are still dying - #China #CSR #Coal #Industry

Paul French enters the dark world of China’s coal industry Wherever it takes place, coal mining is a dirty business. However rigorous and enforced the safety regulations are, digging out the precious black stuff remains a hazardous occupation. But it’s more hazardous for some than others. Recently I was in the UK when a miner died at a colliery in Yorkshire just weeks after the death of four miners in a Welsh pit. The story was headline news and calls for an inquiry were vociferous. Coalminers dying in a developed economy like the UK are now a rarity, a shock and a big news story. Tragic accident Compare this with China where, a week after the tragedy in Britain, at least 17 men were killed after a massive build-up of gas and coal exploded in a privately owned and operated colliery in south-west China’s Guizhou province. This accident made the news – 17 is a big enough dea...

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