Industrial accidents decreased in the first quarter

Industrial accidents decreased in the first quarter

The total number of accidents nationwide in the first quarter of this year decreased, and the safety situation in most regions and industries was stable, the Ministry of Emergency Management said on Friday.

She added that from January to March, a total of 3,570 accidents occurred nationwide, resulting in 3,359 deaths, representing a year-on-year decline of 36.9 percent and 27.9 percent respectively.

Accidents and fatalities in key sectors including coal mining, chemical industry, manufacturing and commerce, fireworks and crackers, construction, road and rail transport, and aviation saw a year-on-year decline in the number of accidents and fatalities.

Li Haoyin, head of the Ministry’s Investigation and Statistics Department, said that the overall situation of safety production in the first quarter was stable, but in some regions and industry sectors, there were typical accidents, indicating that it is still not possible to measure the safety risks that have been ignored.

Regarding mine safety, risks mainly revolve around gas-related accidents. Chemical safety risks focus primarily on private operations and illegal production activities.

Regarding risks in manufacturing and trade, the current focus appears to be on aluminum processing, dust explosion risks and operations in confined spaces.

Lee highlighted the dangers of transporting passengers and urged passengers to wear seat belts when riding the bus or driving. In one case in Linfen, Shaanxi Province, in March, a bus crashed into a tunnel, killing 14 people and injuring 37 others. It was found that improper operation of the vehicle by the driver, and the fact that most of the passengers were not wearing seat belts, were the cause of most of the deaths.

He said that the number of accidents in the construction sector ranks second after land transportation.

Last year, the Work Safety Commission of the State Council published a special procedure for investigating and correcting major hazards. During this period, 51 key inspection standards or elements were formulated or revised to identify significant accident risks in various industry sectors.

Wang Zhongxian, head of the ministry’s safety coordination department, said that during the special procedure, different regions conducted inspections based on these standards, resulting in the identification of 395,000 major risks, a significant increase compared with the previous period, and a marked improvement in inspection quality.

“However, during the nationwide safety production inspections and visits in the first quarter, we found that there are still prominent problems in accurately and timely identifying and correcting major accident risks,” he added.

Some company leaders, safety production managers and employees lack sufficient understanding and mastery of the standards, and some regulatory enforcement departments and employees did not prioritize the standards as an important basis for law enforcement inspections, resulting in failure to identify significant risks during site inspections.

At the beginning of this year, the Work Safety Committee of the State Council launched a three-year action plan to make fundamental improvements in production safety. So far, 81,000 major risks have been identified, and about 554,000 administrative penalties have been imposed on companies.

In addition, 5,353 regulatory conversations and notices of criticism – two types of administrative law enforcement – were held and issued to relevant governments and departments that failed to properly perform their duties, and 1,239 individuals were held accountable after investigation.

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