Five dead and another four seriously injured as crane collapses at Samsung Heavy

Five workers at Samsung Heavy Industries’ main yard in South Korea have died as a crane collapsed this afternoon. Another four are seriously injured, according to Korean newswire Yonhap while up to 10 more have sustained minor injuries.

The accident happened at 2.50pm local time as a 32-ton collapsed. Firefighters have been trying to unravel the wreckage to check to see if there are other workers buried under the crane.

Samsung Heavy suffered one fatality last year when a worker died working on a jack-up rig for Statoil.

Deaths at Samsung Heavy’s two main rivals – Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering and Hyundai Heavy Industries – have also increased in the past 18 months. Korean trade unions have blasted senior management at these yards in recent months for trading safety as orders dried up forcing dramatic cuts in outlay among the nation’s top yards.


Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.
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