Gas monitors installed in 17 China mines

IN an attempt to reduce the increasing number of mining-related deaths, 17 operations with high gas levels in China’s northwest area of Cinjiang Uygur were recently equipped with automatic gas monitors.
Gas monitors installed in 17 China mines Gas monitors installed in 17 China mines Gas monitors installed in 17 China mines Gas monitors installed in 17 China mines Gas monitors installed in 17 China mines

 

Donna Schmidt

Xinhua China View reported the installations were part of a 17 million yuan ($US2 million) investment by the region’s government to curb fatalities.

The safety adjustments, the paper said, are due to a report from production safety officials that Xinjiang mines have been experiencing a significantly high death toll – 159 incidents in 2005, killing 196 workers.

The Xianjiang area’s coal resources account for more than 40% of the country’s resource total and are estimated to be between 1.82 trillion and 2.19 trillion tons.

In related events, eleven miners were killed and 14 injured earlier this week at the Beitashan mine in the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region. Gas was the suspected culprit of an early October accident Yatuer coal mine that took at least two lives.

Coal mining-related deaths have taken center stage recently, with the deaths of 4,228 workers in 2,337 accidents between January and September 2005, according to Chinese officials.

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