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Four workers killed in Thailand shipyard explosion

04 July 2016

Four workers were killed in an explosion at a shipyard in Ayutthaya province, Thailand, on July 1. Thai police said that the explosion occurred as four workers, including one Cambodian migrant worker, were doing a paint job inside the hull of a freighter under construction at the shipyard of Chartchai Cholatharnrungsawat Company located on the bank of Noi River in Bangsai district. 

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Police said they were investigating the cause of the blast. The explosion tore through the vessel from the middle to the stern, according to local sources.

The supervisor in charge said welding was 80% complete on the 55 metre-long vessel and the hull was being spray-painted when the explosion took place. He said that victims were inside the hull and had an electric fan, a grinding machine and an air pump in operation, any of which could have produced sparks that might have ignited paint or thinner.

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