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Family members of victims in crane accident arrive in Taiwan

Family members of victims in crane accident arrive in Taiwan

Taipei, April 25 (CNA) Family members of the Chinese tourists who were killed or wounded by a falling crane boom arrived in Taipei Saturday, while three officials in charge of travel affairs in China's Guangdong Province where the tourists came from were scheduled to arrive Sunday.
Hu Wenqiang of the Chinese travel agency that organized the ill-fated tour arrived here earlier in the day to handle the aftermath of the accident that occurred the previous day in the upscale Xinyi shopping district in Taipei City.
Two Chinese tourists were killed and several others injured when a section of a crane's lattice boom fell from the top of a 31-story building under construction onto a passing tour bus that was carrying 25 visitors from Guangdong on the second to last day of their six-day tour of Taiwan.
On Saturday, Taipei Mayor Hau Lung-bin said the contractors must take full responsibility for the accident, as a report by the city's Labor Standards Inspection Office indicated that it was caused by human negligence.
The office in charge of the investigation into the accident stated that the major causes were flawed operations and undercapacity of a smaller crane that was lifting the lattice boom when it fell.
Office Director Chang Chi-yu said the operators of the crane failed to take into consideration crucial factors such as weather conditions and the crane's capacity. A small crane with a 3.2-ton capacity was used to lift a boom that weighed over 4 tons, he said.
The office's inspectors also discovered many safety flaws at the construction site close to the scene of the accident, Chang added.
(By Elizabeth Hsu)




Updated : 2021-10-22 16:12 GMT+08:00