Runaway crane on Cross-Island Highway kills two

Two women died after a crane employed on a slope repair project on the Central Cross-Island Highway in Hualien County rolled into vehicles at around noon today, September 10. Police from Xincheng sub-bureau say that vehicles were stopped at the roadworks section at the 117 kilometer mark of Provincial Highway 8 when the crane hit the cars before crashing through a guardrail and rolling off the road. According to reports this afternoon, the driver was not in the crane at

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Crane collapse at Port of Taichung leaves one dead, one injured

One worker died, and another was injured after a 350 ton crane collapsed at the Port of Taichung this morning, September 5. Port authorities said that subcontractors to Evergreen International Storage and Transportation Company were working on a project to dismantle old bridge cranes when the mobile crane collapsed while lifting a girder. The mobile crane collapsed onto a container crane of China Container Company working on Pier 31. The container crane operator, a 51-year-old man named Liu, was seriously

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Man falls 13 floors to his death from overturned excavator on demolition site

A worker fell to his death on a demolition site in Kaohsiung City after the excavator he was operating on the 14th floor, overturned, and fell to the 13th floor, where it remained suspended upside down. The 30-year-old operator, named Hsu fell out of the excavator’s cab, plummeting 13 floors to the ground. An ambulance was dispatched to the site, but paramedics found that Hsu was obviously dead, and did not send him to hospital. The Kaohsiung City Labor Bureau

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Rebar collapse on Kaohsiung City construction site leaves 1 dead, 4 injured

One person died, and four others are injured, one in a critical condition, after a stack of rebar collapsed on a construction site in Kaohsiung City’s Gushan District this morning, March 4. At 9:20 am, five workers were tying rebar five floors underground when a stack of three-meter high rebar collapsed like dominoes for a length of between 40 and 50 meters, leaving two people trapped. Three others were injured but managed to extricate themselves from the tangle of steel

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Two rail workers killed, one injured after being hit by locomotive

Two railway maintenance workers died, and another was seriously injured, after they were hit by a maintenance vehicle in Taitung County this morning, February 23. The three men were replacing a switch on tracks around one kilometer from Haiduan Train Station in Guanshan Township when they were hit by an electric maintenance vehicle being driven by a trainee driver at 8:35 am, according to reports. The three injured workers were rushed to Guanshan Tzu Chi Hospital, but two were pronounced

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Leak of highly toxic chemical gas causes road closure in Hsinchu County

Firefighters closed a section of road in Hsinchu County for three hours after a gas cylinder being transported from the Hsinchu Science Park caught fire while leaking highly volatile silane gas today, January 26. The Hsinchu County Fire Bureau received a report that a gas cylinder on a truck was emitting flame, and thick, yellow smoke on Shuangyuan Road in Baoshan Township at 8:54 am. Fire fighters sprayed water on the cylinder, while police closed pedestrian and vehicular traffic in

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Three workers injured after explosion at biogas facility

Three workers were injured after an explosion at a biogas recovery facility in Hualien County this morning, Labor Day, May 1. Hualien County Fire Department received reports of a massive explosion in Yuli Township at around 9:45 am. Three workers were found to have suffered multiple fractures and other injuries at the site of the explosion. One worker had a fractured spine and femur and was transferred to Taipei City for treatment after being stabilized at a local hospital. Another

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One worker dead, three injured after construction site ground collapse

A female worker’s body was recovered 13 hours after she was buried alive on a construction site in Taoyuan City yesterday afternoon, April 30. Four people were trapped after the ground collapsed at the site of an underground car park construction project in Pingzhen District shortly after 4:00 pm. Three of the trapped workers were rescued and two were treated for cuts and bruises, but a 62-year-old woman remained missing. Firefighters worked all night in a search and rescue operation

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Construction boss fakes traffic accident to cover-up fatal industrial accident

A construction site foreman and four workers have been charged after police found that they had faked a traffic accident to cover-up a fatal industrial accident. Police in Pingtung County’s Neipu Township received a report about a scooter accident outside the construction site at around 10:00am, Thursday, March 14. However, when officers arrived at the scene, the “scooter rider” had already been taken to hospital in the construction site foreman’s car. A damaged scooter lay beside a utility pole. The

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Two Workers Die after entering Hypoxic Sewer in Chiayi County

Two men in Chiayi County died yesterday after entering a sewer with a low oxygen concentration. The two workers, 32 and 55 years-old, entered the four meter deep sewer at around 5:30pm in order to check the sewage flow. A female worker remained on the surface. At around 5:45pm, the Chiayi County Fire Bureau received an emergency call from the coworker, who said that the men had fainted. Firefighters rushed to the scene and entered the sewer wearing breathing apparatus.

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3 Workers Die in Underground Sewage Tank

Three men died after entering a sewage tank under a residential building in Kaohsiung City this afternoon. At around 4:40pm, a worker named Lin, 30, entered the tank, but stopped responding to his coworkers above. Another worker, named Gao, 54, entered the tank to investigate. When Gao stopped responding to communications, the boss, also named Gao, 43, informed the building administrators, then entered the tank himself. The three men were pulled out of the tank by firefighters at around 5:19pm,

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