An industrial safety accident occurred in a building on Taiwan Avenue in Taichung this morning. An old brick building on the second floor collapsed this morning, causing 3 workers to be trapped, and 1 person was rescued and sent to the hospital to die.
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[Reporter Cai Shuyuan/Taichung Report] An industrial safety accident occurred during the demolition of a section of Taiwan Avenue in Central District, Taichung City. An old brick building on the second floor collapsed this morning and 3 workers were trapped. One worker was rescued and died, and the other 2 Still in the process of rescue, the Ministry of Labor’s Central District Occupational Safety Center dispatched personnel to conduct a preliminary investigation on the spot and found that the old house was suspected to be affected by the demolition of the old house next door, which affected the structural stability and caused the collapse. Since there were no supporting and protective facilities on site, work has been ordered to stop and reopen according to law. A fine of 300,000 yuan.
Today’s industrial safety accident occurred in two old houses on the second floor. The demolition of the old house on the right (No. 7) started yesterday, and today it is vacant. When the construction continued today and the foundation was dug, the old house on the second floor on the left (No. 5) was suspected to be unable to resist. The demolition was shaken, and there was not enough support and protection, causing it to collapse and crush the three construction workers on the spot.
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Li Wenjin, director of the Central District Occupational Safety Center, said that the operator violated Article 67 of the standards for building safe and sanitary facilities. Workers should take effective preventive measures such as site improvement and structural protection. However, personnel were sent to the site to investigate and found no protective measures such as diagonal braces and steel cables. They have been ordered to stop work and fined 300,000 yuan for violating the Occupational Safety and Health Law.
The Taichung City Labor Bureau stated that the demolition of private buildings is under the jurisdiction of the Central District Occupational Safety Center of the Occupational Safety and Health Department of the Ministry of Labor. The Central District Occupational Safety Center has sent personnel to inspect. The case was fined 10,000 yuan and transferred to the judiciary for investigation; in addition, the Labor Bureau has launched the "Occupational Accident Labor Case Active Service Program" (FAP) mechanism at the same time to assist in properly handling related matters and continue to assist.