State outburst after China fatalities

Staff Reporter

CHINA’S State Administration of Coal Industry has warned the country’s coal mine operators to improve mine safety levels or risk being shut down after almost 160 people were killed in coal mine accidents in the final two months of 1998.

“Efforts should be mainly focused on the prevention of gas explosions which are common causes of accidents in mines,” the SACI told China’s Xinhua News Agency. The administration asked mine operators to take immediate action to curb accidents and to shut down unsafe mines.