China Coal Miners Illegal Coal Mining, China
Lan Ba Coal Mine on the Laoying Mountains in South West China. An illegal coal mine normally run by a business man in complicity with the local sheriff. Illegal coal mines are generally situated in the inner parts of mountains and very small. If accidents occur they are simply shut and covered as if they never existed. In coal miners run illegally accidents occur more frequently because health and safety measures are ignored. Just the bare fact that these mines run on just one point of entrance and exit makes them extremely dangerous because if an accident occurs close to the shaft there is no passage to escape from. However, the economic boom of the recent years in China has seen a huge migration for work particularly from rural areas because of the enormous decline in farming. Many desperate people leave their homes searching for work and accepting any terms of employment.