BBB, All test runs that have never been accomplished before has risks associated with it. That first guy does indeed deserve some accolade.
Ceili, I agree with safety/unsafety records of mines all over this planet; some countries are safer than others, and the US has had our share of "accidents."
China is already a basket case; they have already polluted one-third of their rivers including the Yangtze with their huge dam project. It has made the shortage of fresh water scarce in many parts of China including Beijing. They may be the upcoming super economy, but they are also killing their own people to accomplish it. China's record on coal mine accidents are atrocious; we hear about them on a regular basis.