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China: Coal miners killed by carbon monoxide poisoning

Eighteen miners have been killed and several others are missing after a leak of carbon monoxide gas at a coal mine in the south-west of the country on December 4, according to Chinese state. One person was rescued from the Diaoshuidong mine in Chongqing municipality, the broadcaster reported. An investigation has been launched into the incident on 4 December. CCTV reported that the gas leak at the mine occurred while workers were dismantling underground equipment. The mine had been closed for the previous two months. In September, 16 workers were killed at another mine on the outskirts of Chongqing when a conveyor belt caught fire, producing high levels of carbon monoxide. In December 2019, an explosion at a coal mine in Guizhou province, south-west China, killed at least 14 people. Source: BBC News Online.

Bangladesh: worker dies on LTA construction site

A 29-year-old Bangladeshi worker at a Land Transport Authority (LTA) construction site beside the Changi MRT depot died late last week after a workplace incident. The death comes after a spate of five workplace fatalities in the two weeks between late last month and early this month, which prompted the labour movement to urge companies to prioritise and safeguard the safety of workers. Read more: The Straits Times 

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