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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Mother and child have close call after sledge hammer falls from high-rise construction site

A woman and her 6-year-old daughter are lucky to be alive today, after a hammer head weighing around 20 kilograms flew off a high-rise construction site and crashed through the sunroof of their car. The 32-year-old woman named Lu, was passing by the construction site on Minzu Road in Banqiao District, New Taipei City at around 5:00pm yesterday, May 24, when she was shocked by an explosive sound in the back seat. After pulling over, Lu found that a sledgehammer

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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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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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