Police raid Samsung Heavy as crane collision investigation gets underway

Local police raided the offices of Samsung Heavy Industries on Thursday as part of investigations into the crane collision accident which occurred at the shipbuilder’s main yard in Geoje on May 1.

The accident killed five workers at the scene, while another worker died in hospital, and two of the 25 injured workers are said to remain in critical condition.

According to the police, a total of 30 investigators searched offices inside the Geoje shipyard and secured documents including job sheets and safety education materials.

The investigators will focus on whether the crane collision was caused by miscommunication between crane operators, the shipyard’s compliance of safety regulations as well as mechanical defects in the structures.

Samsung Heavy Industries said the company would fully cooperate with the police investigation.

Samsung Heavy Industries revealed that most of the victims during the accident were subcontractors from a number of companies and said casualties were high because most subcontractors, who were brought in to keep up with the scheduled workload, were taking a break at the same spot when the crane accident occurred.


Jason Jiang

Jason is one of the most prolific writers on the diverse China shipping & logistics industry and his access to the major maritime players with business in China has proved an invaluable source of exclusives. Having been working at Asia Shipping Media since inception, Jason is the chief correspondent of Splash and associate editor of Maritime CEO magazine. Previously he had written for a host of titles including Supply Chain Asia, Cargo Facts and Air Cargo Week.
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