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Two workers die in shipbuilding accident in Kaohsiung

2017/04/16 21:20:42

(Photo courtesy of Kaohsiung City Labor Affairs Bureau)

Kaohsiung, April 16 (CNA) Two workers died at a work site building a semi-submersible heavy-life ship for CSBC Corporation, Taiwan (台船) in Kaohsiung on Saturday afternoon.

The two men, a 42-year-old surnamed Lu (盧) and a 46-year-old surnamed Lin (林), who worked for a contractor of CSBC Corp, were found in an overflow cabin after workers extinguished a fire. The two apparently died from electric shock while arc welding, according to Kaohsiung City Labor Affairs Bureau on Sunday.

The bureau has ordered the model of arc welder involved in the accident removed from service and all work on the semi-submersible stopped.

The bureau on Sunday fined CSBC Corp. NT$60,000 (US$1,975) and the contractor NT$30,000, for mismanagement.

MV Blue Marlin, a semi-submersible heavy-lift ship which became well-known after transporting the destroyer USS Cole back to the United States from Yemen, where it was damaged by suicide bombers in 2000, was made by CSBC Corp.

(By Cheng Che-fon and Kuo Chung-han)
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