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South Korea crane accident highlights dangers of shipyards

A crane accident at a shipyard in South Korea in early May left six people dead and 22 people with injuries. Three of the people who suffered injuries were described as being "severely" injured. The crane fell on a well bay module at a Samsung Heavy Industries shipyard, but the crane itself was helping build an oil platform for a French energy company, Total.

It will take some time for the investigation into this crane accident to collect all of the details necessary to present a full explanation of the accident. But what is abundantly clear at this time is that many people have had their lives taken or radically changed, and radiating out from that, hundreds of loved ones and family members will be affected by this accident.

If we've said it once, we've said it a thousand times: shipyard workers apply their craft in a dangerous work environment. But even knowing that, a shipyard and any operators in the shipyard must make sure the premises is safe and that equipment is functioning properly. If there is any failure in these regards, then any workers that are affected by a dangerous condition or an accident should pursue civil litigation against those who are found accountable.

When shipyard workers are hurt, their families and loved ones feel the pain of the incident too. Lost wages, injured family members, or even worse can come out of a shipyard accident. The victims and their loved ones deserve justice and compensation as allowed under the law.

Source: Reuters, "Six killed in crane collapse at Samsung shipyard in South Korea," May 1, 2017

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