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14 Aug 2017

Mada Masr

Poor safety measures leave 3 dead, 2 injured at MEDCOM's Aswan Cement Plant

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“Engineer dies after sustaining injuries at Aswan Cement plant, bringing death toll to 3”, 29 July 2017

…Tarek Nouh died…after suffering injuries in an accident at Medcom Aswan Cement on July 23, bringing the death toll to three people. Eight workers at the Aswan Cement plant were detained after allegedly going on strike to demand an investigation regarding the plant’s safety measures following the accident, which occurred…when unidentified industrial material heated to a temperature of 1,200 degrees celsius spilled into a worker area, resulting in the deaths three. Two others…were reportedly injured. Initial reports suggest that the spill was the result of a buildup caused by malfunctioning equipment.

…[A] worker at the plant…stated that had safety measures been properly implemented, workers would not have been on duty during maintenance. He also recounted that the workers were terrified during the accident and that they had to remove their colleague’s charred body. Workers…went on strike after the accident, remaining in their dorms and  demanding a probe into the safety measures at the factory…[P]olice forces raided the dorms and arrested 25 workers but later released 17 of them…

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