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2 workers killed, 5 injured after scaffold collapses

2016/05/29 22:39:30

(Photo courtesy of the Kaohsiung City Fire Bureau)

Kaohsiung, May 29 (CNA) Two workers were killed and five others injured after a scaffold of a construction project in Taiwan Power Co.'s (Taipower's) Dalin plant in Kaohsiung collapsed Sunday.

The seven workers were on the 50-meter-high scaffold set up around a coal storage facility when it collapsed, and one of them, a 47-year-old man surnamed Huang, was found dead after he was pulled out from under the collapsed structure, according to the local police and fire services.

Another 25-year-old was also pronounced dead after being treated by medical personnel who arrived the site, while five other workers were sent to three different hospitals.

The Labor Standards Inspection Office of Kaohsiung ordered suspension of the construction and its preliminary finding pointed to improper construction of the base of the scaffold.

The office also issued a fine of NT$120,000 (US$3,683) for the constructor's failure to meet the health and safety standards.

Meanwhile, Kaohsiung police interviewed people that were at the site to investigate and clarify parties that should be held responsible for the deadly incident.

Taipower and its contractor responsible for the project have each paid families of the seven workers a compensation. An inspection will be carried out at the site to determine why it happened, the state-run power company said.

(By Chang Che-fon and Kay Liu)