Four thermal power plant workers suffocate to death

By Cuu Long   December 28, 2018 | 08:46 am GMT+7
Four thermal power plant workers suffocate to death
Investigators examine the area at Duyen Hai thermal power plant after four workers died Thursday. Photo by VnExpress/Cuu Long
Four workers have died of asphyxiation while clearing mud for a thermal power plant in southern Vietnam.

The victims were reportedly part of a group of workers from Duyen Hai Thermal Power Company in Tra Vinh Province, who were tasked Thursday with removing mud from the water collection tank of the company's pumping station.

While working, four of the workers fainted and were rushed to a local hospital, where they were pronounced dead.

Initial investigation suggests that the victims' cause of death was inert gas asphyxiation.

The number of workplace accidents in Vietnam has remained high despite authorities’ efforts to improve labor safety and health.

According to the Department of Work Safety, Vietnam saw 8,956 workplace accidents with 9,173 victims and 928 deaths in 2017.

In the first half of this year, there were 3,988 workplace accidents that killed 384 people.

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