New Taipei Fire Department must compensate rescued man
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.