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Four sentenced to jail over Vung Ang scaffold collapse

Update: December, 22/2015 - 09:43
Four defendants were sentenced to prison over a scaffold collapse in the Vung Ang economic zone in the central province of Ha Tinh yesterday. — Photo vov.vn

HA TINH (VNS) — Four defendants were sentenced to prison over a scaffold collapse in the Vung Ang economic zone in the central province of Ha Tinh yesterday.

They include South Koreans Kim Jong-wook and Lee Jea-myeong, who will be jailed 42 months and 36 months, respectively.

Two Vietnamese, Nguyen Anh Tuan and Nguyen Thai Duc, were sentenced to 36 months and 30 months in prison.

They were charged with violating labour safety rules in a construction site in a Taiwanese-invested Formosa steel mill complex.

According to the indictment, the incident occurred at 8pm on March 25 when around 100 workers were working on a 30-metre scaffold in the Vung Ang economic zone.

On March 26, 13 workers were declared dead and 29 sustained injuries in the accident.

A failure in the hydraulic brake system in the structure is to blame for the tragedy.

Kim Hyung-sub, Deputy General Director of the project's contractor Samsung C&T, admitted his company was remiss in operating the scaffold. — VNS

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