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Firms fined for hydroelectric power plant collapse

Update: November, 10/2015 - 15:18
A drilling machine is moving into the tunnel of the Da Dang-Dachomo hydropower plant in Lam Dong Province on December 16 to make a way to take the 12 trapped victims out of the collapsed tunnel section. — Photo

LAM DONG (VNS) — The Lam Dong Department of Construction yesterday fined an investor and five firms involved in the Da Dang hydroelectric power plant collapse on December 16 last year.

Twelve workers were trapped for four days after the plant collapsed in Lac Duong District. Fortunately, they were in good health when they were rescued. During the four–day ordeal, rescuers passed oxygen and food to the trapped workers through a small hole, while they removed debris.

The Long Hoi Electricity Construction and Investment Joint-Stock Company in Ha Noi's Hai Ba Trung District, which was the investor of the plant, was fined VND115 million (US$5,100), for choosing a low-skilled contractor, failing to supervise the construction based on regulations, and for not defining the detailed work for the companies involved in the construction.

Each of the remaining five companies was fined VND20 million to VND90 million ($800-$4,000) for not fulfilling their responsibility in designing, building and inspecting the construction work, before approving it.

The government had recently allowed the investor to resume construction at the Da Dang hydroelectric power plant. — VNS

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