Crane Collapse Kills 6 and Injures 22 Workers in South Korea



In an unfortunate accident, that occurred at Samsung’s Geoje Shipyard, left several people trapped under the debris; killing 6 workers hired by subcontractors.

What happened?

On Monday, a crane reportedly collapsed at Samsung Heavy Industries shipyard in South Korea, killing six workers and injuring 22.

Ongoing search for survivors:

Rescuers were frantic searching for people trapped under the debris after a 32-ton crane collapsed on a ship docked at Geoje Shipyard.

The company said that the crane reportedly collided with another crane before it collapsed onto the ship.

6 killed, 22 injured:

The Company confirmed that all of those killed were workers hired by various subcontractors at Samsung.

Samsung is reportedly the world’s third-largest shipbuilder after South Korea’s Hyundai Heavy Industries and Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering.

Plunging markets:

The industry has been going through restructuring since 2014 after a downturn due to plunging oil prices and weaker global trade.

Loss of jobs:

Tens of thousands of workers lost jobs on Geoje, where many shipyards and their subcontractors are based. Scores of workers, many of them hired by subcontractors, have died in accidents on the job.

Monday’s accident occurred as many around the world were joining May Day marches for workers’ rights.

South Korean workers are entitled to a paid holiday on May 1 but in practice, many go to work anyway. Samsung Heavy said 15,000 people were working at the shipyard at the time of the accident.

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Source: Canadian Manufacturing


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