Reported by Xinhua, State Administration for Work Safety head Luo Lin said at a safety conference in Hunan Province that the number of colliery accidents had fallen 19.4% in the period, or by 286 fatalities.
Although Luo did not provide total figures, the state news agency calculated the national coal mining death toll was 1892 by the end of September, 591 less than the corresponding period for 2008, while the total number for last year was 3215, which was a 15% reduction from 2007.
National and provincial safety overhauls this year have led to mine closures and shutdowns, especially in the small mines sector which is focused on metallurgical coal production.
Consequently, China’s coal imports had risen to 86.58 million tonnes by the end of September, a jump of 167.2% year-on-year.
The unexpected boom in Chinese imports helped Australian coal companies recover from this year’s credit-crunched March quarter.
Safety-related mining equipment exports to China have also surged in 2009.