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Hyundai Samho gas explosion injures 11

Hyundai Samho gas explosion injures 11

Seoul: A gas explosion injured 11 workers at Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries, reported the Korea Times today. Welding gas leaked through a cover and was ignited by a spark. The accident left a 46-year-old laboyrer, Moon, with serious injuries while 10 other workers were sent to neighboring hospitals for treatment.

All of the injured were working on an assembled hatch cover of a ship using gas-welding equipment. While some were seriously injured, others suffered slight burns.

There were no gas barrels at the scene of the accident. The labourers were using gas through a pipe that was linked to the main gas storage tank of the ship plant.

Police suspect gas leaked from the pipe and are investigating the exact causes of the accident. In May, two workers at Hyundai Samho were killed in a crane accident.

The crane, 40-meter high and weighing 200 tons, collapsed at the ship assembly plant, killing a 36-year-old operator named Yang and a repairman, identified as Shin.

In the past month there have been explosions and casualties at IHI Marine in Japan and Hyundai Vinashin in Vietnam.  [14/08/07]