In Xinjiang, located in the western region of China, an accident in a coal mine has killed 16 workers. The mine suddenly collapsed on top of the workers, killing most instantly. This is the second deadly accident in five months, as 20 workers were killed in another coal mining accident in the southwestern part of the country in June. These accidents are causing officials to take another look at what has been described as a lax enforcement of safety requirements in Chinese coal mines. Heavy demand has reportedly led to a push for increasingly greater production which has been allegedly achieved by sacrificing safety measures. The cause of the accident is currently under investigation.
By Jim Malone