Wednesday 23 August 2017

Six workers killed in crane collapse at Samsung shipyard

Part of a crane that collapsed at Samsung Heavy Industries' shipyard on Geoje Island, South Korea (Lee Jung-hoon/Yonhap via AP)
Part of a crane that collapsed at Samsung Heavy Industries' shipyard on Geoje Island, South Korea (Lee Jung-hoon/Yonhap via AP)

Six workers have died and 22 others were injured after a crane collapsed at a Samsung Heavy Industries shipyard in South Korea.

The South Korean shipbuilder, the world's third-largest, said rescuers are searching for people trapped under debris after the 32-tonne crane fell on a ship at its shipyard on Geoje island.

The company said the crane collided with another crane before it collapsed onto the ship.

All of those killed were workers hired by various subcontractors at Samsung. Three of those hurt suffered severe injuries.

The accident occurred as many around the world were joining May Day marches for workers' rights.

South Korean workers are entitled to a paid holiday on May 1 but in practice many go to work anyway.

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