Taipei--An accident at a road construction site in Keelung, northern Taiwan killed one Indonesian worker and injured another two Monday, according to local firefighters and police.
The three Indonesians were removing a steel mold from a concrete pier on a scaffold when the mold dropped suddenly, colliding with the scaffold and bringing it down, along with the three men, who fell from a height of 20 meters to the ground.
One of them -- a 32-year-old -- died on the spot with a broken skull, the police said, while the other two were rushed to a nearby hospital for emergency treatment.
Upon their arrival at the hospital, one showed no signs of life. After being resuscitated, the man remained in a deep coma, suffering from internal hemorrhage, while the other was placed under observation after cuts to his head were sutured, according to hospital personnel.
The names of the workers were not immediately available.
According to witnesses, the three victims were the only workers at the construction site when the accident happened, and their Taiwanese foreman was not present.
Officials at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration under the Ministry of Labor said they found in an initial investigation that the three workers are all runaways, indicating that the contractor of the road construction project violated the act governing occupational safety and health which bans the firing of illegal workers.
The construction, part of a NT$441 million (US$14.6 million) urban road improvement and widening project in Keelung, has been ordered to stop with immediate effect, and all safety measures of the project will be reviewed, the officials said.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel