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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Drinking on construction sites leads to 2 separate drunk driving arrests in one day in New Taipei City

Two men who were drunk by lunchtime on separate construction sites in New Taipei City were arrested for drunk driving yesterday, Friday, December 7. Shortly after noon, police in Tamsui District stopped a man driving a forklift to check if he had a permit to drive the vehicle on a public road. The 63-year-old driver, named Lan, did not have a permit, and police noticed that Lan reeked of alcohol. An alcohol breath test revealed that Lan had a blood

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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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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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Road repair worker run over by road roller: Driver drunk

A road repair worker in Taichung City died after he was accidentally run over by a road roller driven by a colleague who was over the legal blood alcohol limit, yesterday, December 29. At around 7:00 pm, a 36-year-old man named Ding (丁) was working on a road repair site on Xiang-shang Road in Taichung West District, when he put the vehicle into reverse, accidentally running over his 61-year-old co-worker, named Zou (鄒). Other workers screamed out, alerting Ding to

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