BEIJING, July 20 (Xinhua) - Illegal production, operations and construction caused 502 major work-related accidents in China during the first half of the year, Luo Lin, head of the State Administration of Work Safety, said Tuesday.
The figure was an increase of 75 accidents compared with the same period last year, said Luo.
A total of 2,652 people were reported injured, killed or missing in these 502 accidents, and the figure showed an increase of 576 victims over the first half of 2009, according to Luo.
From January to June, extremely large production accidents rose 36.4 percent from one year earlier to reach 45, resulting in 764 people being killed or listed as missing, up 53.4 percent year on year, according to Luo.
Luo also said increasingly fast-paced production activities and this year's frequent rains and landslides have added risks to China' s work-place safety.