One dies in accident at Boryeong power plant
Following a fire less than two weeks ago, another accident struck the country’s largest thermal power plant yesterday as thirteen repairmen fell into a boiler at the Boryeong Thermal Power Plant in Boryeong, South Chungcheong, leading to one death.
The workers were repairing the boiler of Boryeong Thermal Power Plant’s fuel generator No. 5 in Ocheon-myeon, yesterday morning when a section of the scaffolding they had erected between the second and seventh floors collapsed.
Four of the workers were able to climb out of the boiler on their own efforts while the nine other workers were eventually rescued over the next three hours by some 80 firefighters and other employees at the plant. One of the repairmen, surnamed Jang, 39, experienced complications shortly after the rescue and died before being taken to the hospital. The remaining 12 rescued repairmen were sent to nearby hospitals and are receiving treatment. Four are seriously injured.
The power plant’s workers and firefighters are currently inspecting the repair site and the collapsed scaffolding to pinpoint the cause of the accident.
The No. 5 boiler’s interior is 106 meters high. The collapse of the scaffolding does not appear to have damaged the boiler’s functionality thus far, according to its operators.
On March 15, a large fire damaged two of the plant’s eight fuel generators.
By Sarah Kim, Yonhap [email@example.com]