6 KILLED IN CRANE ACCIDENT AT SAMSUNG GEOJE SHIPYARD
Korean Agency Yonap advised that six people were killed and 19 others injured at Samsung Geoje shipyard, after a crane part fell onto a ship under construction on Monday, authorities said. Two cranes collided around 2:50 p.m., causing a structure to fall from one of the cranes, according to firefighters and police. The tower crane that broke was between 50 and 60 meters long and weighed 32 tons. Six were confirmed dead, three were seriously hurt, while 19 sustained minor injuries, police said. The injured were rushed to three nearby hospitals.
“It’s still chaotic at the site,” said a police official. “We plan to figure out the details through relevant officials.”
Work has been under way to rescue others who may be buried at the site.
“We haven’t had such a big accident in the past several years,” said a company official who spoke on the condition of anonymity. “For now, handling the accident is the most important. Please wait for official comments from the company.”
The stricken workers were finishing the ocean platform to be delivered to France next month when the accident took place. Samsung Heavy was building it upon a US$500 million order from a French company in December 2012. The police said they will look into whether the security regulations were complied with in the construction site and if there were any operational mistakes on the part of crane drivers or security supervisors. All those involved were working on the Total project, which was ordered in December 2012 and is destined for its Martin Linge field off Norway. (Source: Yonap – Image: Geoje Press)