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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Taiwan’s Death Clock Ticking Faster: Ministry of Health and Welfare

Ministry of Health and Welfare officials today released national mortality statistics for 2016, and noted that on average one person died every 3 minutes and 3 seconds, 11 seconds faster than the previous year. The statistical report revealed that a total of 172, 418 people died in Taiwan last year. The leading cause of death was cancer, which took a life every 11 minutes, 2 seconds, 11 seconds faster than the previous year. Cancer accounted for 27.7% of deaths, with

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Spiderman Killed Off in Police Video

The National Police Agency (NPA) has produced a video featuring Spiderman in an attempt to urge people to look behind before opening their car door into traffic. The video sees Spiderman attempt to foil a bank robbery. However, while chasing the crooks on foot, the popular superhero is killed by a driver who carelessly opens their car door without first looking behind them. The video was uploaded to the NPA Facebook page, where it received mostly favorable comments. Viewers called

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Three Workers Injured in Gas Blast: Gas Company Can’t Find Shut-off Valve

Taichung City. Road construction workers hit an underground gas pipe, causing a fire that injured three workers, one of whom suffered burns to 15-20% of his body this afternoon. Firefighters stood by and sprayed the area with water for over three hours while the gas company searched for a shut-off valve. Flames were seen spurting over 6 meters high just meters from a residential building, while firefighters could do little but attempt to suppress the ambient temperature to prevent the

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Worker Dead After Pissing on High Voltage Wires

A worker painting a high-voltage electricity tower in New Taipei City’s Linkou District Died this morning, after being electrocuted and falling from a height equivalent to 8 stories. Workers at the scene said the 42 year-old man, Mr Du (杜), had had an urgent need to urinate while atop the tower. He decided to unzip and relieve himself at high altitude. However, the wind caused the stream of urine to go askew and come in contact with the high-voltage power

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