Gas leaks at Samsung plant: one worker dead, investigation underway

Gas leaks at Samsung plant: one worker dead, investigation underway
Gas leak at a Samsung plant led to the death of one worker at a factory in Hwaseong, Korea, and four more were injured but later recovered fully at a local hospital. A tank of hydrofluoric acid started leaking gas around 11pm last night with the leaks recurring around 5am.

The worker that passed away was an employee of the maintenance company STI that came to fix the leak. What’s also troubling is the fact that there is some possibility that Samsung tried to cover the leak up and hadn’t properly instructed the maintenance company about how serious the leak was. An investigation is underway in Korea, so let’s not jump into conclusions prematurely, but there is slight possibility that the STI worker died because of not being properly equipped to the gas leakage.

Hydrofluoric acid is particularly dangerous as burns from the gas could not be initially painful making them hard to notice. The acid is so corrosive that it penetrates tissues quickly doing damage to the nerve system and bones.

Samsung has now issued an official comment saying to residents living close nearby that "the possibility of a leak beyond [Samsung property] is zero."

source: Yonhap via The Verge

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23 Comments

1. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

Well this a first. Those people in the plants need to take saftey as first priority

9. hung2900

Posts: 966; Member since: Mar 02, 2012

I agree but i cannot find out any relation between a "phone" site and an accident of a chemical factory.

22. jinxed

Posts: 107; Member since: Jan 10, 2013

who told u samsung made only 'PHONE's?? are u new 2 dis universe?

12. rf1975

Posts: 264; Member since: Aug 01, 2011

Most of the companies newer bother about the workers or environment. They know they can escape from the law using the loop holes. check this link...http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bhopal_disaster I do not think many people get the justice.

13. Mxyzptlk unregistered

I think Samsung needs to work on improving their safety standards.

16. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

I think apple should stop forcing the chinese to work over time & to stop making them work faster and regulate conditions in the plants

20. opensourceftw

Posts: 148; Member since: Jan 01, 2013

I think you need to slip and fall.

2. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

Industrial accidents are always bad :(

3. wendygarett unregistered

Hydroflouric acid? Its a refrigerator factory... The worker has made his bravest job to rescue his company factory and manage to avoid leak outside the factory, may rest in peace :,(

6. flower99

Posts: 54; Member since: Nov 18, 2012

why do you received red thumb by saying a braviest man to rescue factory?

4. nwright94 unregistered

Hopefully they find the leak before more people are hurt :( hope the dead mans family is supported through his death.

5. gmracer1

Posts: 646; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

Damn Apple assassins.........

7. PhenomFaz

Posts: 1236; Member since: Sep 26, 2012

not funny! some poor soul somewhere just lost somebody of their own...i mean i love making Apple jokes just as much as the next guy but this aint the time

8. gmracer1

Posts: 646; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

You're right, and I apologize. Imma d**k :(

10. tedkord

Posts: 17052; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

I work at a facility with HF. It's bad stuff.

11. darkkjedii

Posts: 30723; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Hopefully there's no more fatalities. That's sad

14. darkkjedii

Posts: 30723; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Only two reds? I thought I was hated more than that.

18. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

why would someone red you - it sad that someone was hurt.

19. darkkjedii

Posts: 30723; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I wish I had the answer for that but some people just have no class

15. mrblah

Posts: 577; Member since: Jan 22, 2013

Sounds like there safety standards are about as high as there product qulity!

17. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

Was it a fart?

21. quakan

Posts: 1418; Member since: Mar 02, 2011

Had this had been Apple...........damn hypocrites.

23. mordimiz

Posts: 13; Member since: Feb 15, 2012

APPLE DID IT!!!!!!

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