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Chemical plant gas leak kills one, injures nine in Taiwan

Christian Fernsby |
A worker in Taiwan was killed on April 23 after a gas leak at a chemical plant in the city of Kaohsiung in the south of the island.

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Topics: GAS    TAIWAN   

The worker died a day after the leak having suffered chemical burns and inhalation issues caused by the toxic gas.

Nine other workers were injured in the incident.

According to the Kaohsiung Labor Affairs Bureau, the workers were repairing an ethylene dichloride pump at the time of the leak.

The Bureau ordered the immediate closure of the plant while an investigation into the accident began.

The impacted plant is operated by Taiwan VCM Corporation (TVCM), a subsidiary of China General Plastics Corporation.

If the investigation reveals any wrongdoing on the part of TVCM, the company will be charged under Taiwan’s Occupational Safety and Health Act.

Initial tests conducted by Kaohsiung’s Environmental Protection Bureau showed that the gas leak was limited to the plant itself and was not able to spread off the site.

While the Labor Affairs Bureau’s investigation continues, China General Plastics Corporation released a statement on April 23 saying that the leak was caused by a broken flange gasket.

The company said it would fix the issue and improve its equipment maintenance in the future.

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