Philippine shipyard accident kills 5, injures 8

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Posted: Oct 07, 2011 7:18 AM
Philippine shipyard accident kills 5, injures 8

Police in the Philippines say an accident at a northern shipyard has killed five workers and seriously injured eight others.

Deputy police chief Ramil Menor of Zambales province's Subic township says workers doing welding were crushed when a steel platform at the Subic Shipyard and Engineering Inc. collapsed Friday. The yard is managed by Singapore's Keppel Shipyard Limited.

Menor says the workers were repairing the MV Tombarra, a 22,650-ton container ship that can carry 6,350 cars.

Subic Mayor Jeffrey Khonghun demanded compensation for the workers from the company, which did not immediately comment.

The shipyard is part of a special economic zone adjacent to the former U.S. Subic Naval Base, about 50 miles (80 kilometers) west of Manila.