Safety violators named

THE Chinese Government has publicly pointed the finger at coal safety violators, with the release this week of a list of 580 coal mines whose certificates had been cancelled for failing to meet safety standards.
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Angie Tomlinson

The National Development and Reform Commission released the list on its website. Among the named mines were operations in the Guangdong, Liaoning, Hebei, Henan, Hubei and Guizhou provinces, China Daily reported.

The list is part of a campaign by the Government to reduce coal-related deaths.

Chinese officials said that from January to September this year, 4228 workers lost their lives in 2337 mining accidents.

According to figures from the State Administration of Work Safety, China has shut down 1933 unqualified coal mines and 9067 illegal mines this year.

The closures will not have any major effect on total output.

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