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88 killed last year in workplace accidents

EIGHTY-EIGHT people were killed last year at 84 fatal workplace accidents in Shanghai, according to a government work safety meeting today.

Stricter government supervision and management has been been cited for the figures being 11 and 13 percent lower respectively than a year ago when 99 people were killed in 98 accidents.

Work safety remains a tough job for the government this year, officials said, citing the massive projects being constructed citywide.

In the first six months, 6,500-plus projects totaling 30 million square meters were underway, with some hundreds of streets involved, they said.

Last year, the government detected 1,462 safety problem cases and levied fines of 25.41 million yuan (US$3.72 million). It revoked business licenses involved in 94 cases.

In 2007 and 2006, 1,492 and 1,374 safety problem cases were reported, each issued fines of 21.57 million yuan and 22.83 million yuan respectively.

Some development companies illegally subcontracted projects to construction firms and even disrupted the firms' proper work, officials said when detailing the safety problems.

Some real estate developers who had insufficient funds forced construction firms to complete projects in a short time period to facilitate earlier sales.

Also, some project management staff were not familiar with work safety practices which could lead to workplace accidents, they added.


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