Taiwan incineration plant worker killed by rotating blades in furnace

The man in New Taipei City was conducting an inspection and was pronounced dead at the scene

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New Taipei City Fire Department was alerted at around 9 p.m. Friday evening

New Taipei City Fire Department was alerted at around 9 p.m. Friday evening (By Central News Agency)

TAIPEI (Taiwan) — A man was killed in New Taipei City on Friday evening (April 12) while conducting repairs at the Shulin Refuse Incineration Plant.

A powerful fan in one of the incineration towers started for unknown reasons after the worker entered to inspect an air hood, the Liberty Times reported. The man was swept up and killed by the sharp, rotating blades.

New Taipei City Fire Department was alerted around 9 p.m. that a 57-year-old man had entered the plant’s first furnace around an hour and a half earlier. Rescue workers were able to enter the pipeline from the other side to retrieve the body.

The man was pronounced dead at the scene and not taken to hospital. The fire department said his limbs had been sliced up by the fan’s sharp blades after he was sucked in.

New Taipei City Labor Inspection Office said the case is to be handled by the Ministry of Labor. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration will investigate the incident.

Police are to inform the director of the incineration plant and the company from which the repair worker was contracted about a follow-up investigation to determine responsibility for his death.