Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung has requested centrally-run cities and provinces to promptly inspect mineral exploitation and labour safety condition at quarries in their localities.

The requirement came after a number of serious labour safety violations in mineral exploitation, especially the Len Co quarry landslide in Nam Thanh commune, Yen Thanh district, the central province of Nghe An on April 1, which claimed 18 lives.

Suspension will be imposed on any quarry violating safety at works regulations, according to an official document of the Government’s Office on April 5, which conveys the PM’s instruction.

The PM assigned the Ministry of Industry and Trade to monitor and work with the Ministries of Construction; Labour, War Invalids and Social Affairs; Natural Resources and Environment and municipal and provincial People’s Committees to conduct inspection into the exploitation of minerals for construction materials./.