In the first half of 2013, more than 27,700 people were killed or went missing in workplace accidents in China, according to Xinhua. The party mouthpiece is quick to add that this figure is a 13.9% drop from H1 last year, meaning that more than 31,000 people had been killed by this time in 2012.
There were a total of 226,048 workplace accidents in the first half of 2013, which means that around 8% of the accidents were fatal. Despite its near-guaranteed status as the world’s next economic powerhouse, and its government claims of workers’ protection, basic work safety is still a major problem in China.
Industries like coal mining and agriculture have infamously terrible oversight and regulation, and the national labor union actively fights against workers’ rights.
27,700 is a terrifying number, especially when one considers that it only covers half of a year. For further reading, there is a Wikipedia page entitled “List of coal mining accidents in China,” for anyone who seeks to pour over the country’s saddest stats.
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