Thanh Hoa police said Wednesday (November 2) they were investigating an accident in which six workers were electrocuted to death and two others injured as they were installing a post to connect low voltage wires in a rural village a day earlier.
Tran Van Thuc, spokesman for the Thanh Hoa Province Police Department, told Thanh Nien they would also investigate individuals or companies to affix responsibility for the tragic accident.
At around 3:30 p.m. on November 1, the six workers from Phuong Anh Wire Installation and Construction Company were erecting a post to connect low voltage electric wires from the Le Dinh Chinh Farm transformer station to a dorm at the Nong Cong Sugar Mill in Nong Cong District.'
According to eyewitnesses, the device the workers used to lift a post they were erecting came into contact with high voltage wiring above, transmitting electricity to the workers via a chain they were pulling.
The six died on the spot. Electrical leakage then sparked fire in a nearby sugarcane field, burning two other workers who were mixing concrete near the spot.
The dead workers, aged 20 and under, have been identified as: Truong Van Quang, Truong Van Diep, Truong Van Truong (the three are related), Pham Van Nghi, Nguyen Van Thinh and Pham Van Tung, all residents of Cam Thuy District in the northern province.
Local authorities assume Phuong Anh Company did not fully comply with safety rules while installing the wires, and the unskilled workers weren't wearing protective gear.
Le Trong Hung, deputy chairman of Nong Cong District People's Committee, the local government, told Thanh Nien it was the most tragic electrocution in the district.
According to local residents, electrical leakages were happening more frequently in the area recently because the high voltage grid was installed too low and came into contact frequently with bamboo, sugarcane and other tall plants.