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Employers fined if responsible for injuries

CHINA'S workplace safety authority will fine employers up to 300,000 yuan (US$43,900) if they are responsible for a worker's injuries.

The new rule, which applies to all businesses excluding the mining industry, takes effect next month, today's People's Daily reported.

Work injuries are defined as any health problems caused by poor work practices such as inhaling dust and contact with poisons.

Employers are required to notify workers about the possible health hazards of their jobs and organize workplace safety training, according to the rule. They shall regularly monitor their workers' health and provide them with protection against possible hazards.

Employers will be fined between 100,000 yuan and 300,000 yuan if they are found responsible for workers' injuries.

Meanwhile, a hospital in central China's Henan Province has been criticized by the provincial health authority for conducting occupational diseases assessment for a worker, which is beyond its business license, today's Beijing News reported.

The No.1 Hospital Affiliated with Zhengzhou University made the assessment on June 21 to Zhang Haichao, a 28-year-old native of Henan's Xinmi City, saying he was suffering pneumoconiosis, an occupational disease caused by dust inhalation.

Zhang's chest was opened at the hospital to prove the disease after the province's only qualified occupational disease assessment authority, the Zhengzhou Occupation-Related Diseases Control and Prevention Center, denied he had pneumoconiosis.

Because of that assessment, Zhang was unable to demand compensation from his employer.

A top official of Xinmi's health bureau has been removed and three doctors at the occupational disease assessment center have had their licenses for pneumoconiosis diagnosis revoked because of the scandal.

The employer has been fined 250,000 yuan.


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