Worker Clearing Giant Hornets Falls to his Death

A man fell 40 meters to his death while attempting to remove a hive of Asian giant hornets in Taroko National Park today. The sixty year-old man named Yeh was working in a four-person team outsourced to deal with the hornets, which are also called tiger head hornets. National Parks authorities had deemed the hornets a threat to visitors in the park. The hive was described as being the size of two basketballs and located on a tree next to

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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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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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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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Gas Cylinder Flies into Schoolyard: Smashes Wall

A nitrogen gas cylinder being handled in a recycling yard suddenly launched into the air and flew into a nearby school where it smashed a hole in a concrete wall this morning. The cylinder flew more than 100 meters and reached a height of about 12 meters according to witnesses. Fortunately the students were in another part of the campus for the daily flag-raising ceremony. The principle said they heard a large “bang,” during the ceremony, and on investigation found

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Firefighters Complain About Snake and Bee Duties

Firefighters are again protesting that taking care of snakes, bees, and hornets, falls under the jurisdiction of the agricultural bureau, and shouldn’t be the responsibility of local Fire Departments. Firefighters first brought the issue up earlier this year, and became more vocal after a 30 year-old firefighter was bitten by a venomous snake in August, and had to have a finger amputated to save his life. Last month, a group of firefighters threw rubber snakes into the courtyard at the

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Backhoes Buried in Demolition Site Collapse

Three backhoe drivers working on a demolition site in Tainan City were lucky to escape with their lives when the ground they were working on collapsed beneath them. The ground crumbled away slowly enough for the operators to jump out of the machines before they toppled over and sank into the more than 3 meter-deep hole.

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Construction Fence Collapses: 3 Riders Injured

A construction fence on a Taipei Metro construction site in Banciao collapsed onto Minsheng Road, hitting a taxi and three motorcycle riders. The three injured were sent to Far East Hospital. Strong wind gusts caused the accident which occurred around midday.

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