Northern China's Shanxi province stressed the mining safety during the coming Mid-Autumn Festival holiday (September 19-21) and National Day holiday (October 1-7), according to a government document issued this week.
The province required mining companies to put workers' lives and safety first among all other things, keeping major accidents from happening. During the two holidays, relative departments should send inspectors to all mines in the province at least for once.
Coal accidents are prone to occur in the fourth quarter when miners are urging to produce to meet the winter heating demand, which also lead to unsafe practices.
The province said inspectors should keep a close eye on natural hazards of coal mines, such as gas and coal burst, flooding, roof clash and rock burst, and uncompromisingly shut down any coal mines with conditions not in coincidence with safety standards.
Meanwhile, the province will maintain the harsh attitude towards over-mining. The document said the province will crack down on any illegal behaviors of mining, especially on production beyond approved capacity at large state-owned mines in the name of ensuring sufficient supply.
Shanxi is the largest coal producer in China. It produced 775.45 million tonnes of coal in the first eight months, up 12.7% year on year. But as most of its coal reserves are deeply buried underground, poor mining natural conditions can easily triggers mining accidents.
From January to August, the province saw seven coal mining accidents, which claimed 10 deaths.
(Writing by Alex Guo Editing by Tammy Yang)
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