Vietnamese worker falls 40 meters from storage tank to his death

Severe winds knock Vietnamese worker off gas storage tank causing him to fall to his death at Taichung Harbor

Google maps image of the CPC facility at West Pier Taichung Harbor.

Google maps image of the CPC facility at West Pier Taichung Harbor.

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- While working on a 23-year-old Vietnamese man perished when he fell off a 40-meter high liquefied natural gas storage tank at a CPC (中油) facility being built at Taichung Harbor's West Pier, possibly due to high winds, reported Liberty Times.

Yesterday afternoon, at 2:15 p.m., the man, a migrant worker surnamed Tran (陳), suddenly plummeted off the gas storage tank. Taichung Harbor's fire brigae rushed to the scene, and arrived at the emergency room of the Wuqi Branch of Tung's Taichung Metroharbor Hospital at 2:56 p.m. However despite efforts to resuscitate him, he was declared dead at 3:11 p.m., reported Apple Daily.

Workers who were at the site that day said that strong winds blew Tran over. Ministry of labor Occupational Safety and Heath Administration official Chu Ching-lung (朱金龍) said work has been halted at the site to investigate the cause of the accident.

Chu said that after an initial investigation, it is suspected that the accident was caused by strong winds which shook loose the scaffold they were standing on. Chu said that although they were wearing safety harnesses, they apparently had not secured them to the master lock, and thus were vulnerable to falling, reported CNA.

The Wuqi weather station that day measured an average wind speed of 6 with maximum wind speeds of 9 on the Beaufort scale at 2 p.m. yesterday. A level 9 on the Beaufort scale is described as strong/severe gale and ranges from 75 to 88 km/h.

Updated : 2020-11-30 14:22 GMT+08:00