6 killed in S. Korea crane ac­ci­dent

New Straits Times - - World -

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

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