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Apple Daily: Lessons from water park accident

Apple Daily: Lessons from water park accident

The dust explosion at Formosa Fun Coast Water Park demonstrates that it is the right approach to insist on safety at the country's nuclear power plants and the Taipei Dome.
The water park accident, which injured nearly 500 people, has had a deep impact on society. If an accident should occur at a nuclear power plant, the casualties would be tens of thousands, 300 times the water park accident. If there should be a structural collapse, stampede, fire or earthquake at the Taipei Dome, thousands will be hurt.
It is disconcerting to wonder whether those people who support nuclear power, such as Kuomintang presidential hopeful Hung Hsiu-chu, have the ability to think about the consequences of a nuclear disaster, in light of the Formosa Water Park accident.
Nuclear accidents have occurred at Three Mile Island in the United States, Chernobyl in Ukraine and Fukushima in Japan. If an accident occurred at one of Taiwan's nuclear power plants, would it not be just as terrible? Just think of the scale of the accident at Formosa Water Park.
In the case of the Taipei Dome, many people in the blue camp think Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je is leaning toward the green camp and therefore is deliberately trying to discredit his predecessors Hau Lung-bin and Ma Ying-jeou. But the Formosa Water Park accident proves that Ko is 100 percent right to insist on and worry about safety at the Taipei Dome. Because Taiwan has been careless about public safety, there have been accidents such as a large scale fire, gas explosions, a falling of a steel girder and plane crashes. A casual and lethargic work attitude is the main reason why public safety incidents occur so often. (Editorial abstract -- June 29, 2015) (By Y.F. Low)


Updated : 2021-09-18 11:52 GMT+08:00