Ha Tinh province’s people’s court on December 21 imposed imprisonment sentences of between 30 and 42 months to four defendants involved in a serious scaffold collapse in the local Vung Ang economic zone.
Four defendants were sentenced to prison over a scaffold collapse in the Vung Ang economic zone in Ha Tinh province__Photo: VNA
Of them, 43-year-old Kim Jong Wook and 62-year-old Lee Jae Myeong, both from the Republic of Korea, were sentenced to 42 months and 36 months in prison, while two other Vietnamese defendants, Nguyen Anh Tuan, 27, and Nguyen Thai Duc, 30, were to be jailed for 36 months and 30 months, respectively.
The defendants were charged with violating occupational safety rules in a construction site of Taiwan-invested Formosa steel mill complex, causing an accident with serious consequences.
The accident occurred on March 25 when around 100 workers were working on a 30-meter scaffold in the Vung Ang economic zone.
At that time, Kim was in charge of supervising the construction of a breakwater, and Lee was tasked with managing 43 workers at the site. Meanwhile, Tuan and Duc were responsible for controlling the scaffold's hydraulic lift system, which was used to adjust the height of a work platform.
After witnessing the platform shook twice, they failed to carry out a proper inspection but ordered the workers to return to work. The scaffold collapsed soon after that, killing 13 workers and injuring 29.
Since then, the project’s contractors Samsung C&T and Nibelc companies have paid over VND 14 billion as compensations to the victims’ families.- (VLLF)