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Vietnam steel plant explosion injures 13

15 April 2014

Police said human error caused a crucible containing some 150 tons of molten steel to spill, setting off an explosion at a factory in the southern Vietnamese province of Ba Ria – Vung Tau on April 11. Workers operating a massive crucible at the Pomina 3 Steel Factory in Phu My Industrial Zone, Tan Thanh District, were late to close its lid, according to police.

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The 1,600 degree molten steel exploded on impact with the cool floor, injuring 13 workers standing some 10 metres away, they said.

In the meantime, one of the ten victims transferred to Cho Ray Hospital in Ho Chi Minh City for further treatment remains in critical condition, Dr. Tran Doan Dao, chief of the hospital’s burn centre, told Thanh Nien website.

Three others who were heavily burned had been stabilised by April 14, while two others with less severe burns were released.

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