Inside a Chinese
coal mine
Beijing, China — MININGREVIEW.COM — 09 October 2009 – Brake failures on two mine elevators killed 26 Chinese workers and injured five, as the elevator cages taking them to work plunged to the bottom of a tin ore mine in southern China.

Quoting the state-run Xinhua news agency here, Reuters reports that an investigation into the accident on the last day of China’s week-long National Day holiday was under way. No further details were available at this stage.

Reuters reports that China’s mines are the deadliest in the world, due to lax safety standards and a rush to feed demand from a robust economy. More than 3 000 people died in coal mine accidents alone in 2008.