Taoyuan factory ordered to suspend production in wake of blaze

Focus Taiwan
Date: 12/21/2020
By: Wu Ruei-chi and Ko Lin

Firefighters at the scene on Monday. CNA photo Dec. 21, 2020

Taipei, Dec. 21 (CNA) The Taoyuan Office of Labor Inspection on Monday ordered a local pharmaceutical firm to temporarily suspend production after one of its workers died in a fire the previous day.

Su Chih-hsiang (蘇志翔), who heads the labor office's manufacturing industry section, said the order was issued to Sci Pharmtech Inc. as on-site conditions are still deemed too unsafe for employees to resume work, following a preliminary inspection of the damage.

According to Su, the company's warehouse located nearby can continue delivery operations as normal.

The blaze, which started around noon Sunday at a five- story Sci Pharmtech factory in Taoyuan, resulted in the death of a Filipino migrant worker and injury to another employee who was discharged from hospital after being treated for burns to his hand.

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