China to Step-Up Checks on Coal Mines

17 June 2009 (Last Updated June 17th, 2009 18:30)

The Chinese Government will step-up safety checks on major state-owned coal mines after a series of accidents this year, the State Administration of Coal Mine Safety has announced. The administration will launch a five- to seven-day campaign at the end of June, sending five inspection

The Chinese Government will step-up safety checks on major state-owned coal mines after a series of accidents this year, the State Administration of Coal Mine Safety has announced.

The administration will launch a five- to seven-day campaign at the end of June, sending five inspection groups to ten provinces including Hebei and Shanxi, reports China's state news agency Xinhua.

The inspection groups will focus on potential gas explosions and floods.

On 30 May, illegal mining practices led to the death of 25 miners in the Tonghua coal mine, affiliated with the state-owned Songzao Mining Bureau of Chongqing.