Thousands of passengers affected after industrial accident cuts power to High Speed Rail

Thousands of passengers were left temporarily stranded in Kaohsiung City and Tainan City after an industrial accident caused a high voltage tower to collapse, cutting power to High Speed Rail services between Tainan and Zuoying stations on the eve of the four day Tomb Sweeping Festival long weekend, today, Friday, April 1. At around 3:35 pm, contractors were using a wrecking ball to demolish a silo at a disused Southeast Cement Company plant adjacent to the high speed rail track

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Fireworks factory explosion leaves one injured: second incident in less than a year

An explosion at a fireworks factory in Chiayi County left one man injured this afternoon, and it is the second explosion incident at the factory in less than one year. The Chiayi County Fire Department said that it received reports of an explosion at the Yongfeng pyrotechnic factory in Yongtun Village, Dongshi Township at 1:23 pm. Firefighting units were dispatched from Puzi, Xianghe, Dongshi and Budai fire stations. No fire followed the explosion, but one man was found injured. The

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Crane overturns on metro construction project in Taoyuan City

A large mobile crane overturned while working on an MRT construction project in Taoyuan City yesterday, but fortunately nobody was injured in the accident. According to reports, the crane was being used to lift steel molds during the dismantling of formwork on the construction site of station G13 on the Taoyuan MRT Green Line on Zhongzheng Road in Luzhu District when it tipped over at 1:25 pm. The crane’s boom hit the truck carrying the steel molds, damaged traffic signal

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Two sanitation workers injured by exploding gas canister in New Taipei City

Two men working on a garbage truck in New Taipei City were injured when a gas cylinder tossed out with general trash exploded in the back of the truck this afternoon. New Taipei City Fire Department said that it received a report of an explosion and fire in the back of a garbage truck on Yongfeng Road in Tucheng District at around 3:00 pm. According to Taiwan’s Central News Agency, the two workers, named Lin and Yang, helped a resident

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Worker dies after being sucked into water pipe: one of at least 3 fatal workplace accidents today

A man working on a pipeline project in Taichung City lost his life after he was sucked through a hole he had just made in a water pipe Monday, November 30. The 50-year-old man, named Zeng, was working on a Taiwan Water Corporation pipeline replacement project in Tanzi District when the accident occurred at around 11:30 am. The incident was recorded on video from someone standing above the trench. The video footage showed Zeng atop the steel pipe using a

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3 dead, 2 injured in metro construction site accident

Three workers died and two were injured after a scaffolding collapse on a metro construction site in Sanxia District, New Taipei City, today, November 20. According to reports, scaffolding collapsed at the construction site of the Sanying Line of the New Taipei Metro at the corner of Jiafu Road and Jiaxing Road at around 1:00 pm. Of five workers affected, four fell from a three-storey height, while one was caught in the scaffolding. Three of the workers lost vital signs

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Sand and gravel factory spill kills passing motorist

A taxi driver died after a pile of soil collapsed and burst through the sheet metal walls of a sand and gravel factory onto a road in Guishan District, Taoyuan City this morning, October 12. Taoyuan City police said that the incident happened around 4:30 am on East Wanshou Road. The soil spill completely blocked one side of the road. A 56-year-old taxi driver, named Dai(戴), who passing by at the time was buried alive in the soil collapse. Taoyuan

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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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