NT$440 mn Keelung road project suspended after platform collapse kills migrant worker

3 migrant workers were working without safety precautions or a foreman present

Scene of the accident at Liuhe St., Keelung

Scene of the accident at Liuhe St., Keelung (CNA photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- Keelung’s Yuemei Road improvement project was ordered to suspend operations Monday morning following the collapse of a steel platform that killed one migrant worker and left two more seriously injured as they fell more than 20 meters from the construction site.

After the accident on the elevated highway around Liuhe Street at 7 a.m., it was discovered that the three casualties were Indonesians who had been working on the city government construction project illegally, according to a UDN report. When officials from the Ministry of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration arrived at the scene, they found that the three workers were performing the work without a foreman present or the proper safety precautions that would have required a crane.

After a preliminary investigation by police, it was discovered that the Indonesian workers had absconded from their approved jobs. Police were unable to contact the intermediary company that originally hired the migrant workers and cannot confirm their identities.

The reported budget for the Keelung City Government road construction project is more than NT$440 million (US$14.5 million) and construction began in Aug. 2013. The project was scheduled for completion this June. The road project has also been marred by accusations of bribery, according to an Apple Daily report.