|Trung Đô Granite brick factory where the coal gasification furnace’s explosion occurs, killing two workers.— Photo xaluan.com|
NGHỆ AN – An explosion at a coal gasification furnace in the central Nghệ An Province‘s Trung Đô Granite brick factory killed two workers, a factory manager said yesterday.
There was a sudden explosion at about 1.45pm on Tuesday at one of the factory’s four coal gasification furnaces. Workers panicked and at least two workers -- Lê Văn Lĩnh, 36, and Nguễn Văn Tung, 30 -- suffered serious burns.
They were immediately given first aid at Nghệ An General Hospital and then moved to the Hà Nội-based National Burns Hospital. But both died on Tuesday evening due to severe burn injuries.
Answering reporters’ questions about the cause of the explosion, the factory leader said all four furnaces were under an automatic operation control system. The explosion could have occurred during the operation process, with a faulty electronic alarm, because of which the machine did not show any parameters, the leader said.
However, relevant officials were investigating the cause of the explosion.
The factory’s directors came and helped families to arrange for the victims’ burials. — VNS