Some years ago, the Minister of Mining from China announced that they were setting the goal of trying to kill fewer than 4000 people annually in mining accidents. We were all quite shocked that such a high number was acceptable. I think things are improving, but they do not have the same "safety first" attitude we have cultivated here. I suspect there are many aspects to the problem: culture, business practices, government, etc.
We are up to 14 this year. http://www.msha.gov/fatals/fabc2009.asp
We review Fatalgrams at our mine safety meetings.