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26 May 2024

China’s work-related deaths drop below 100,000 for first time in decade

China’s work-related deaths have fallen below 100,000 last year for the first time in more than a decade, amid an increased government focus on accident prevention.

According to the official Xinhua news agency, the State Administration of Work Safety reported Monday that the number of deaths dropped to 91,172 for 2008, a 10.2 per cent decline from the previous year, .

China’s vast work force, an estimated 800 million people, has fuelled decades of export-driven growth, turning their country into the factory for much of the world.

But safety standards continue to lag behind those in developed countries. Many factories and mines have little or no safety equipment, while worker training is also poor.