Nine workers were killed in an explosion at a small coal mine in China’s Northern Province of Heilongjiang, the official Xinhua News Agency said on Thursday.
The incident occurred at the Yuchen coal mine, late on Wednesday, which has 60,000 tonnes of annual production capacity, located in the city of Jixi.
The latest accident follows an announcement by China’s State Council on Aug. 31 to launch a new round of safety checks at coal mines and chemical plants starting in September after injuries during an incident at a state-owned coal mine in August.
Similarly, a gas explosion tore through the coal mine in November 2009, killing 42 people.
China’s coal output in August fell to a 10-month low, data from the National Statistics Bureau showed on Thursday, suggesting mines have reduced production in the wake of major accidents.
China’s mines are the world’s deadliest and it depends heavily on coal to generate about three-quarters of its electricity needs.
Most accidents are blamed on failures to follow safety rules, including a lack of required ventilation or fire control equipment.