6 killed in S. Korea crane accident
SEOUL: At least six Samsung workers building a US$500 million (RM2.1 billion) ocean platform for French energy giant Total were killed in a shipyard crane accident, South Korean authorities said yesterday.
Two cranes collided at the shipyard in the southeastern port of Geoje, causing a 60m, 32-tonne crane section to break and crash onto a workers’ rest area below. Six people were killed and 25 injured in what police described as “chaotic” scenes on Monday.
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.
Park Dae-Young, president of Samsung Heavy Industries, said he “sincerely apologised” to the victims and their families and promised to provide full support to those affected.
“We will thoroughly investigate the cause of the accident and take responsibility,” Park said in a statement read out by Kim HyoSeop, head of the Geoje shipyard, who bowed deeply in front of television cameras.
The company said it believed the accident was a result of a miscommunication between crane drivers and signal people, although the exact cause was still under investigation. AFP