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Scaffolding collapse case trial resumes in Ha Tinh

Update: December, 16/2015 - 13:00
The defendants at the court. They have been accused of negligence that led to the deaths of 13 construction workers in a scaffolding collapse earlier this year. — Photo

HA TINH (VNS) — The central Ha Tinh Province's People's Court today resumed the trial of four persons in a case of a scaffolding collapse that killed 13 workers and injured 29.

The four defendants in this case are South Koreans Lee Jae Myeong and Kim Jong Wook, as well as Nguyen Anh Tuan and Nguyen Thai Duc, both from Viet Nam.

According to the indictment, Kim was in charge of supervising the construction of a breakwater, and Lee was tasked with managing 43 workers at the site.

Tuan and Duc were in charge of controlling the scaffolding's hydraulic lift system, which was used to adjust the height of a work platform.

The defendants were charged with violating labour safety rules at the construction site of the Taiwanese steel mill complex Formosa on March 25.

Investigators concluded that a technical failure of the hydraulic brake system caused the 20m-high, 40m-long and 35m-wide scaffolding to collapse.

When the work platform was being lowered from a height of 20m to the ground that day, it shook violently, sending many workers running.

After the platform shook twice, two South Korean construction site managers climbed onto the scaffolding to check if there was any problem, but allegedly did not carry out a proper inspection. They then ordered the workers to return to work. The scaffolding came tumbling down soon.

A month ago, the court had delayed the trial due to the absence of Duc, one of the defendants, and several witnesses. Duc, 30, reportedly had cited health reasons. — VNS

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