China's top work safety body said it had set a target of eliminating all major mining accidents after announcing a small decline in the total number of mining deaths nationwide in 2004. According to the State Administration of Work Safety, 6,027 miners died in China's mines last year, a drop of 6.33% or 407 fewer deaths than a year earlier. The total number of fatal accidents came to 3,639, down by 12.17% but still averaging almost 10 a day. In a statement, officials said they aimed to reduce fatalities by 3% this year and "try to eliminate any single coal mine accident causing 100 fatalities or more".
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