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Brake failure blamed for scaffolding collapse

Update: March, 28/2015 - 10:09
The cause of the collapse, which claimed the lives of 13 workers and injured 28 others, was revealed to be a technical failure in the scaffolding's hydraulic brake system. — Photo VNA

HA TINH (VNS) — A press conference was held yesterday to announce the results of the investigation into the scaffolding collapse in the Formosa section of the Vung Ang economic zone.

The cause of the collapse, which claimed the lives of 13 workers and injured 28 others, was revealed to be a technical failure in the scaffolding's hydraulic brake system.

Deputy Director General of Samsung C&T, and the contractor responsible for the construction site, Kim Hyung Sub said Samsung C&T took full responsibility for being negligent while operating the scaffolding and the construction site.

He pledged Samsung C&T's support for the victims of the incident and their families and vowed that they would receive compensation for their loss.

The machines used at the construction site had been imported by Samsung C&T three years ago. The company was also responsible for performing repairs and conducting maintenance duties.

Director of the province's Department of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs (MOLISA) Nguyen Van Son said, prior to the incident, the department had inspected up to 16 companies in the Vung Ang economic zone and issued fines totalling VND1 billion (US$47,000); however, none of the companies was ordered to halt operations.

In addition, he said the authority had experienced difficulty in keeping track of workers at the economic zone as many of them were working without a contract or as temporary workers.

Deputy Director of Ha Tinh Police Department Nguyen Van An said the police had formed a special task force to investigate and collect evidence for the prosecution of the individuals and organisations responsible for the incident.

Task force dispatched

MOLISA has dispatched a task force lead by the minister herself to the site to direct the search and rescue efforts, as well as to provide medical care and financial support to the affected workers and their families.

"This is a work accident of disastrous consequences. The individuals and organisations responsible for it will be held accountable and punished in accordance with the country's regulations," Minister Pham Thi Hai Chuyen.

The task force, which also enlisted the help of experts from the construction ministry, is conducting further investigation into the incident as well as into labour safety issues in the economic zone. — VNS


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