China: explosion kills 15 coal miners

Chinese miner
Chinese miner

At least 15 workers have been killed after an explosion in a coal mine in the northern province of Shanxi.

Submitted by jef costello on May 7, 2007

The horrendous safety record of chinese mines, as reported previously on libcom, results in around 5000 reported deaths a year. This April was particularly bloody with a a total of 80 workers reported killed or missing in accidents. Independent workers' groups are claiming that the real death toll exceeds 20,000 per year.