Chinese coal mine blast kills 10

02 January 2005 | 11:43 Code : 4607 Geoscience events
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A gas explosion at a coal mine in central China killed 10 miners, the government said, in the latest accident to hit the disaster-plagued industry.

A gas explosion at a coal mine in central China killed 10 miners, the government said, in the latest accident to hit the disaster-plagued industry.Fourteen miners were working underground when the accident occurred on Friday night in the Zhenzhuling Colliery near Chenzhou in Hunan province, the official Xinhua News Agency reported.

Negligence was to blame for the accident, Xinhua said, citing Chen Jiankang, head of Chenzhou's coal mine production office.The workers were inside the mine shaft while work-related blasting was taking place, in violation of basic safety rules, Chen told Xinhua.The blasting ignited gas which had seeped from the coal bed and sucked the oxygen from the air, asphyxiating the workers, Xinhua said. Four workers managed to escape.The incident was still under investigation, the report said.China's mines are by far the world's deadliest, with fatal fires, cave-ins, floods and other disasters reported almost daily.More than 5,300 coal miners died in China's mines in 2004.The Chinese government has promised repeatedly to improve mine safety and says the accident death rate is falling.But the government still bars independent labour unions, which have played a role in other countries in improving workplace safety.


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