Migrant worker killed by falling guard rail on Taipei construction site

09/20/2022 12:05 PM
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Photo courtesy of Taipei
Photo courtesy of Taipei's Department of Labor

Taipei, Sept. 20 (CNA) A migrant worker was killed at a construction site in Taipei on Monday when a guard rail fell four stories onto him, according to the city's Department of Labor.

The Thai construction worker was standing on the site's fourth basement floor on Jingmao 2nd Road in the city's Nangang District at around 3 p.m. when the guard rail fell onto him from the first floor, the labor department said in a statement.

The man was rushed to hospital but was later declared dead, according to the labor department.

The tragic incident occurred while a hanger was in operation, attempting to deliver reinforcing steel bars to one of the basement floors, the labor department said.

Photo courtesy of Taipei
Photo courtesy of Taipei's Department of Labor

The hanger's suspension rod collided with a cross beam which caused the steel bars to lose balance and knock over the guard rail from the first floor, which fell to the fourth basement floor and onto the worker, the labor department said.

An initial investigation by labor inspectors found that the construction site did not comply with safety rules for lifting and elevating equipment as it did not estimate the weight of the load, or determine its actual weight in order to select the appropriate hoisting equipment and adopt the correct hoisting method, the labor department said.

Furthermore, the construction site did not follow the rules set in the Standards for Construction Safety and Health Installations by placing equipment or construction materials within two meters of the guard rail, the labor department said.

All work has been suspended and a maximum fine of up to NT$600,000 may be handed down, according to the labor department.

Kang Shui-shun (康水順), chief secretary of Taipei's Labor Inspection Office, told CNA the migrant worker was born in 1969 and the labor department's Foreign and Disabled Labor Office will assist his family in applying for compensation under the Labor Standards Act.

The Thailand Trade and Economic Office (TTEO) in Taipei told CNA that the man's family had been informed last night and they were waiting for a letter of authorization from them so that the worker's body could be cremated and returned to Thailand.

The family is entitled to apply for compensation under the Labor Standards Act, a settlement with the employer, and a separate amount of consolation money provided by the local government, according to TTEO.

The man's family is unlikely to come to Taiwan, the TTEO said, adding that the man leaves behind a wife with no children.

(By William Yen)


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