Category Archives: safety

Miner dies at St. Lawrence Zinc

Since I’ve been giving the chinese so much grief over their horrible mining safety record, it’s only fair that I report on western mine accidents too. Newswatch50.com A mining accident Saturday claimed the life of a St. Lawrence County man. … Continue reading

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Poole begins Senate filibuster over steel coil legislation

This issue of steel coils rolling off flatbeds and damaging roads and potentially injuring people seems like a pretty straightforward “clear and present danger”, yet legislators are still playing political football with it. He didn’t widen the road last year, … Continue reading

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Flooding In China Leaves 181 Miners Trapped

From time to time I comment on the high human cost of Chinese steel. Here we have it again. Chinese mines have the worst safety record in the world. CityNewsHeavy flooding poured into two coal mines in eastern China on … Continue reading

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Toronto gets its very own coil steel rollover

Over the last few months I’ve reported on runaway coils of steel in big steel areas. I live in Toronto, and us Torontonians are very competitive. We hate being left out in any competition. So now we too can boast … Continue reading

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Gas leak kills four at China steel plant

Once again, chinese steel workers pay a heavy price. China Economic Net (ce.cn) The accident occurred at around 0:00 a.m. at Haicheng Iron and Steel Co. Ltd., a private company that produces 500,000 tons of raw iron a year, said … Continue reading

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Manufacturing’s Race for the Bottom

Today I got more semi-confirmations from others in the slide forming business that US Baird is likely gone. At least, everyone has heard the same rumour, but no one (so far) heard it directly from the horses mouth. But I … Continue reading

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China coal mine blast kills 68

From time to time we comment on Chinese workplace safety issues. Here’s another case … Reuters An explosion ripped through a state-owned colliery in northeast China, killing 68 miners and trapping 79 underground, just days after Chinese leaders called for … Continue reading

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Gas Explosion at illegal Chinese coal mine kills 19 workers

I’ve commented before on the worker safety conditions (or lack thereof) in China. So this relayed without further comment. The articles so far don’t say whether this is metalurgical (coaking) coal or some other type. Yahoo Asia Thirty-four miners were … Continue reading

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Coal mine owners have been ordered to use some of their profits to urgently improve safety conditions. The demand issued yesterday by a senior State Council official comes after China’s appalling work safety record in mines plunged new depths. The … Continue reading

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China blast comes after 2002 safety law change

Kansas City Star China’s worst reported mining disaster since communist rule began in 1949 came three years after officials had promised to overhaul the nation’s workplace safety system. In October 2002, the government created China’s first safety laws and launched … Continue reading

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