Giovedì, 20 Settembre 2018

Worker missing after crane at ILVA plant blown into sea


(see related story on bad weather)
Taranto, November 28 - A worker is missing after
the crane he was operating was blown into the sea when a tornado
hit the troubled ILVA steel plant in Taranto, fire brigade
sources said Wednesday.
Scuba-diver teams are reportedly on their way to Taranto to
search for the worker as bad weather added to the plant's woes,
with winds causing a tower and a building at the facility to
collapse and a lightning bolt knocking down a chimney.
The company said two people had been taken to hospital and
20 people suffered minor injuries as a result of the damage
caused by the weather, having earlier said there were no reports
of injuries.
Furious winds also overturned cars and blew down walls in
the area and caused services on the Taranto-Bari train route to
be halted.
The ILVA plant is threatened with permanent closure as a
result of a criminal probe into allegations emissions from it
have led to abnormal levels of tumours and respiratory diseases
in the Taranto area.
The government has said it will try to pass measures that
will make it possible to keep Italy's biggest steel plant
operating while a clean-up operation takes place.

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