Safety drive

08 May 2008

China: There were 1324 deaths from construction-related accidents in China last year, according to the State Administration of Work Safety. This shocking statistic is prompting officials to look at what it sees as the industry's two largest safety threats - lack of safety awareness among migrant workers and inadequate safety equipment.

Construction is China's third most dangerous industry, behind the transportation and mining sectors. The country has an estimated 40 million construction workers, some 80% of which are thought to be migrants with little or no safety training.

In order to improve safety, the Government is considering new laws on work place safety and safety management, and the prevention of occupational illnesses. It is also developing systems to allow it to prosecute those found responsible for accidents.

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