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Vietnam fertiliser plant director gets three years in prison for fatal blast

27 July 2016

According to Thanh Nien News, the director of a fertiliser plant in Ho Chi Minh City was sentenced to three years' imprisonment for his role in an explosion that killed three workers in 2014. The People's Court of HCMC convicted Huynh Van Hai, 46, of violating regulations on workplace safety and hygiene and endangering a densely populated residential area.

Image: vov.vn
Image: vov.vn

Three workers, two of them a mother and daughter, died in the explosion which destroyed the plant in the city’s District 12 on October 17, 2014. The blast also injured five other people and partially demolished 86 houses in the neighborhood, causing VND8 billion (US$359,000) worth of damage.

Investigators found that the workers were mixing chemicals to produce a liquid fertiliser, and they often used a small gas stove to seal finished products.

Hai, who was not present at the facility when the explosion happened, said he had been aware of their wrongdoing and had "scolded the workers many times." He claimed the workers, who were his relatives, did not take his warnings seriously.

The court also banned Hai from producing chemical fertilisers for two years after completing his jail term.


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