Thirteen workers were injured, some seriously burnt, when a ladle containing some 150 tons of melted steel at nearly 1,600 degrees Celsius exploded at a factory in the southern province of Ba Ria – Vung Tau on Friday.
The accident happened at around 6.30 pm in the Pomina 3 Steel Factory in Phu My Industrial Zone, Tan Thanh District.
Do Tien Si, Chief Executive Officer of Pomina 3 Steel Company, said 13 people were working at the scene when the ladle exploded.
Nguyen Van Doan, 24, said he was working about 10 meters from the ladle, said he heard a huge blast "just like a bomb exploded."
His clothes and hair caught fire when he tried to flee, Doan said.
Worker Hoang Bao Ngoc, 19, who was working some 70 meters from the accident scene when it took place, said he heard a big explosion, and then saw some workers running out, some with severe burns.
He said the ladle contains some 150 tons of melted steel fall and is located at the height of 30 meters.
The victims were rushed to Ba Ria Hospital but later 10 of them were transferred to Ho Chi Minh City’s Cho Ray Hospital for further treatment.
Doctor Ngo Duc Hiep of Cho Ray Hospital's Burns Unit said three victims were under intensive care, while the other seven were less severely burnt.
Si of Pomini 3 Company said the ladle of liquid steel apparently spilled, which might have caused the explosion.
Police said they are investigating the cause of the accident.
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