Vietnamese Worker Dies in 40 Meter Fall

A Vietnamese man died this afternoon after falling from a 40 meter-high fuel storage tank at a CNPC facility currently under construction at Taichung Harbor. Media reports say the man lost his footing in high winds. Apple Daily reported that the 23 year-old overseas foreign worker named Tran was working atop a Liquid Petroleum Gas storage tank at the west pier of Taichung Harbor when he fell at around 2:15pm. Firefighters from Taichung Harbor Fire Bureau were dispatched to the

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Two Foreign Workers Found Dead in Effluent Tank

Breaking News: expect frequent changes and updates. Two foreign laborers were found unconscious at the bottom of an effluent tank at a factory in Tainan City’s Guantian industrial zone this morning October 15. Firefighters later confirmed the men are dead. Gas detection equipment was used to identify the presence of toxic, flammable, hydrogen sulfide gas. Workers at the Sunny Environmental Consultants, Ltd plastics recovery factory realized the 2 men were missing when staff lined up for a health check this

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11 Firefighters Treated for Acid Burns: Unitech Factory Fire

Eleven firefighters had to be treated in hospital after being injured by acid burns and inhalation, while fighting a fire at a factory in Tucheng yesterday evening, September 28. The factory belongs to printed circuit board manufacturer Unitech. According to Liberty Times Network, Unitech staff at the Tucheng factory are suspected to have deliberately concealed the fact that there were hazardous materials on site, putting firefighters lives in danger. New Taipei City Fire Bureau received a report of the fire

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Old Man Burning Ghost Money Dies after Falling into Fire

[Cover picture: United Daily News] An 88 year old man who lost his balance and fell into a fire as he was burning ghost money 2 days ago has passed away after his family agreed to remove him from life-support systems yesterday, September 19. Mr Lin was burning ghost money, also known as “joss paper” or “gold paper,” as an offering to spirits in the lead-up to the closing of the gates of the realm of the dead, which occurs

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Midnight Swim Turns into 2 Hour Ordeal for Canadian Woman

A Canadian woman swimming with a group of friends at a New Taipei City Beach was swept out by a rip tide at around 1:00am this morning. The woman managed to make it back to shore on her own around 2 hours later. The group of 5 friends were camping at a Baishawan beach. They decided to go for a midnight swim, but got into difficulties in the large waves. Four men got back to shore, but the 23 year-old

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Off Road Park Closed After 2 Year-old Killed in Rollover Accident: Driver Charged

An off road experience park in Manzhou Township, Pingtung County, was temporarily closed while local authorities undertake a comprehensive review of operating practices and regulations, after a fatal accident left a 2 year-old girl dead and 3 family members injured in a roll-over accident yesterday. The driver of the jeep, Mr Zhang, who has 10 years driving jeeps at the park, has been charged with negligent homicide. At around 11:00am Sunday morning, September 10, the Chen family were enjoying the

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Vietnamese Worker Buried Alive in Sewage Trench

[Cover Picture: Apple Daily] A Vietnamese man died in Ilan County today after the trench he was working in collapsed. The identity of the man is unknown, as he was illegally employed as a day-laborer by the contractors undertaking the sewage works for the County Government. Rescuers spent 1.5 hours digging the man out. Chinese language media showed images of the man’s lifeless, mud-covered body being lifted out of the trench. Rescuers rinsed the man off and performed CPR, but

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Two Seriously Injured in Airplane Maintenance Accident

Two aircraft maintenance personnel were seriously injured after they fell from a platform in a hangar at Taipei Taoyuan International Airport yesterday, September 9. The workers were repainting a China Airlines Airbus A330. At the same time a crew were working inside the passenger cabin. The door of the aircraft had to be closed for the painting operation, causing the interior to become uncomfortably hot. The crew inside the cabin employed an external air-conditioning unit to pump cool air into

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Truck Driver Loses Head in Industrial Accident

The driver of a concrete transport truck died in Tainan City today after putting his head into the mixing drum of the truck. Tainan City Fire Bureau received a report at 9:00am that the headless body of a driver was hanging from the ladder at the back of a concrete mixing truck. After a preliminary investigation firefighters said it appeared the man had put his head into the drum while cleaning or troubleshooting a problem. The driver’s head was sheared

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Tech Factory Staff Worked 34 Days Straight, 16 Hour Days

A factory that was the site of an industrial accident that killed four workers yesterday has been found to have regularly breached labor regulations, and is currently being investigated for lethal professional negligence, Chinese language media reported today. Liberty Times Network reported that Ilan County labor inspectors found the company to be in breach of regulations in 2015 when it was found that some employees had worked 13 days in a row. Unitech Printed Circuit Board Corp, a company with

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4 Workers Dead 2 Injured After Industrial Accident

Four workers at a tech company in Ilan County died and two were injured while working in an underground wastewater tank without breathing equipment this morning. Yilan Fire Bureau received a report of an industrial accident at a factory in Suao township belonging to printed circuit board manufacturer Unitech at around 10:00am. Two workers had been working to unblock a drainage pipe during annual cleaning operations when one worker suddenly collapsed. Other workers then succumbed to toxic fumes after going

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