New Taipei Fire Depart­ment must com­pen­sate res­cued man

The China Post - - LOCAL -

The Tai­wan High Court has or­dered New Taipei Fire Depart­ment to pay more than NT$4 mil­lion in dam­ages to a man who was in­jured dur­ing a res­cue op­er­a­tion five years ago.

The man, sur­named Lin, was in­jured in a flashover cre­ated by sparks from the tools that fire­fight­ers were us­ing to cut open an oil stor­age tank to res­cue him, ac­cord­ing to the high court.

Lin fainted while clean­ing in­side the stor­age tank at a com­pany in Linkou, New Taipei.

Pros­e­cu­tors con­cluded a crim­i­nal in­ves­ti­ga­tion with­out bring­ing charges. But the high court, hand­ing down a rul­ing on a civil law­suit brought by Lin against the fire depart­ment, de­ter­mined that the fire­fight­ers could have avoided the flashover if they had lifted him out of the tank us­ing a crane in­stead of cut­ting it.

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