Mine Accidents

Our 10 most recent articles.

Coal mines hastily restart production to manage energy crisis, leading to deadly accidents

Administrative penalties not sufficient to save the lives of 22 workers in Guizhou province
26 April 2022

Increased family leave policies backfire because of widespread gender discrimination

Following China’s amended family planning policies that encourage married couples to have as many as three children, several provinces have increased maternal, paternal, and parental leave policies for workplaces in China. These policies, which we have detailed in a CLB infographic, increase maternity leave to as much as one year (the national policy is 98 days). But because paternal leave is generally only 10-30 days, the traditional gender roles are reinforced both at home and in the workplace.
06 January 2022

Shanxi accident shows systemic failures in keeping miners safe

On 17 December,  20 coal miners working at an illegal coal mining site were rescued in Xiaoyi, Shanxi, after they were trapped underground by flooding. Two more miners died before the rescue team arrived, sparking public discussion about how to ensure the safety of workers in the mining industry.
21 December 2021

Will China’s trade union finally live up to its obligations under the Work Safety Law?

China’s revised Work Safety Law, which goes into effect on 1 September, makes the responsibility of trade unions for work safety inescapably clear. How will the union respond?
09 August 2021

Fourteen construction workers confirmed dead in Zhuhai tunnel flooding

All 14 workers who were trapped when water flooded into a highway tunnel under construction in the southern city of Zhuhai on 15 July have been confirmed dead, state media reported today.
22 July 2021

Xinjiang mine had numerous safety violations before flood trapping 21 workers

A total of 21 workers remain trapped underground five days after a sudden flood inundated a coal mine in the northwestern region of Xinjiang.
15 April 2021

Shandong suspends mining operations after two major accidents in one month

The northeastern province of Shandong has ordered the closure of all non-coal mining operations in response to two major accidents at gold mines that killed at least 16 miners, state media reported.
23 February 2021

China trumpets new coal mine safety achievements in 2020

One month after 23 workers died of carbon monoxide poisoning in a Chongqing coal mine, China’s State Administration of Coal Mine Safety announced that 2020 had been one of the safest years on record for the industry, with no “exceptionally serious” accidents.
13 January 2021

Coal mine equipment salvage operation ends in 23 deaths

Twenty-three workers died of carbon monoxide poisoning on Friday, 4 December, after being sent into a disused coal mine in Chongqing to salvage old mining equipment. 
07 December 2020

Coal mining city suspends production after second accident in 40 days

All coal mines in the southern city of Leiyang have suspended production after 13 miners were trapped in a flooded mine shaft at the Yuanjiangshan Coal Mine on 29 November. 
03 December 2020
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