2 die, 4 pass out due to asphyxiation at Vietnam paper mill

By Bui Ngoc Long – Vo Ngoc Thanh, Thanh Nien News

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One of six workers asphyxiated by gas at a paper mill in the central province of Thua Thien - Hue on April 11
Two workers died and four others lost consciousness allegedly due to gas asphyxiation at a pulp-filtering trench at a factory in the central province of Thua Thien – Hue on Friday.
The accident happened when the workers were cleaning up an underground trench where waste paper pulp is filtered at the Vinh Phat Joint-stock Company foctory in Huong Thuy Commune.
Two of them entered the trench first shouted for help when they began suffocating.
The others came to help their colleagues, but they too became asphyxiated.
Upon being informed, police and firefighters came to the site, but they could not get all the victims out of the trench at once because its entrance was just about one square meter wide, online newspaper VnExpress reported.
The victims, who were not wearing face masks, were found unconscious in the trench.
They were rushed to Hue Central Hospital, but two of them died on the way.
Four others, including two in critical condition, are now in intensive care.
Le Quoc Hung, vice director of Thua Thien – Hue’s Police Department, told VnExpress that the workers were possibly asphyxiated by methane, a nontoxic gas that can displace oxygen in an enclosed space.

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