One dead in chemical plant gas leak

Focus Taiwan
Date: 04/23/2020
By: Chen Ja-fo, Wang Shu-fen, Pan I-ching and Chiang Yi-ching

Photo provided by a member of the public

Taipei, April 23 (CNA) A worker at a chemical plant in the southern city of Kaohsiung died on Thursday, after a gas leak the previous day.

The worker, surnamed Lee (李), suffered serious chemical burns and inhalation injuries after being exposed to ethylene dichloride, a toxic chemical, in the gas leak that killed one and injured nine others.

Workers at the factory were repairing an ethylene dichloride pump when the incident occurred, according to the Kaohsiung Labor Affairs Bureau.

Lee fell into a coma and was taken to the intensive care unit for emergency treatment but failed to regain consciousness and succumbed to his injuries, Kaohsiung Municipal Siaogang Hospital said.


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