Lift collapse kills China miners

Brake failure on elevators leaves 26 dead in latest accident to hit China's mines.

    Despite recent safety crackdowns, an average of six miners die every day in China's mines [GALLO/GETTY]

    Most accidents are caused by a failure to follow safety rules, including a lack of required ventilation or fire control equipment.

    However, recent efforts by the government to crack down on mine safety - including the closure of many small, dangerous mines - appear to be having some effect.

    According to official reports the average number of miners killed so far this year has been halved to around six a day.

    Nonetheless labour rights groups say the real death toll may be far higher, with many accidents covered up or unreported by mine owners working in collusion with local officials.

    SOURCE: Agencies


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