BEIJING — China’s workplace safety record has improved, with the number of accidents and fatalities both dropping in the first six months, data from the country’s work safety watchdog showed.
The number of workplace safety accidents fell 9.4 percent year-on-year during the January-June period, while related fatalities went down 7.9 percent, according to the Ministry of Emergency Management.
Ministry data shows seven years of straight declines in the death toll of workplace safety accidents and the number of “serious” and “particularly serious” accidents.
In the first half of the year, China saw a 46.7-percent drop in the number of “particularly serious” accidents and 56.4 percent plunge in related casualties.
In China, “particularly serious” accidents refer to those that cause more than 30 deaths, leave more than 100 severely injured or result in more than 100 million yuan (about $15 million) in direct economic losses.
Salient problems still exist despite improvement in workplace safety, a ministry official said, referring to the recurrence of similar accidents and accidents caused by haphazard rescue efforts.
The official blamed the failure of enterprises in assuming primary safety responsibilities and slack supervision and law enforcement as the main causes of workplace accidents.
China carried out a nationwide work safety campaign throughout June, when the country saw the number of accidents and fatalities drop 10.8 percent and 10.9 percent on a monthly basis, respectively.