China’s workplace safety record has improved in 2017, amid increased inspections and stricter enforcement of government regulations. The number of workplace accidents is down 26.3 percent for the January-September period, while fatalities fell 19 percent to 26,000, according to the State Administration of Work Safety.
The improvements were mainly attributed to strengthened government supervision, including more on-site inspections and tougher punishments. Earlier this year,China launched a nationwide inspection on workplace safety in an attempt to close loopholes and reduce accidents. 31 inspection teams are currently travelling the country, checking that government regulations are being properly implemented.
However, despite the improvements, China’s work safety watchdog say the numbers are still too high. They say more work needs to be done to reduce the number of severe accidents, including workplace fires and those in coal mines. Further inspections are expected during the rest of the year – the peak season work workplace incidents.
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