Fertilizer plant director gets 3 years in prison for blast that killed 3

By Ngoc Le, Thanh Nien News

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Huynh Van Hai answers a judge's question at the trial.Photo credit: Tuyet Mai/Tuoi Tre Huynh Van Hai answers a judge's question at the trial.Photo credit: Tuyet Mai/Tuoi Tre

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The director of a fertilizer 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 on Tuesday convicted Huynh Van Hai, 46, of violating regulations on workplace safety and hygiene and endangering a densely populated residential area.
Three workers, two of them mother and daughter, aged between 19 and 36, died in the explosion which utterly destroyed Hai's fertilizer plant in Dist. 12 on Oct. 17, 2014.
The massive blast also injured five other people and partially ruined 86 houses in the neighborhood, causing a VND8 billion (US$359,000) worth of damages.
Rescuers search for victims at the fertilizer factory in Ho Chi Minh City where a blast occurred on October 17, 2014, killing three workers. Photo: Doc Lap 
Investigators found that the workers were mixing chemicals to produce a liquid fertilizer, 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 fertilizers for two years after completing his jail term.

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