Fire Breaks Out at Taiwanese Window Film Facility, Kills Six Employees

December 15th, 2017 by Katherine Coig

A fire broke out at the Sican Co. window film manufacturing plant in the Taoyuan’s Lujhu District of Taiwan early yesterday morning, killing six people who are believed to be migrant workers from Vietnam, according to the Taipei Times.

The fire began at approximately 2:30 a.m. in a stairwell leading up to a dormitory where 12 employees were housed. One employee was not at the factory at the time of the incident, and five were able to escape, while the six deceased were believed to be trapped. According to the news source, the fire was not brought under control until four hours later. The cause has yet to be determined.

The Taoyuan Office of Labor Inspection said the company has a record of being non-compliant with municipal labor standards.

The manufacturer has racked up $1,002 USD (30,000 NT) in fines since August and has been ordered to stop production until it has improved its workplace safety, the Taoyuan Office of Labor Inspection told the Taipei Times.

In addition, the company has also been fined $668 USD (20,000 NT) for not paying its employees overtime—a violation of the Labor Standards Act.

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  1. Its a very sad story as one thinks these type of labor laws violations only happen in the clothing industry. We keep hearing about top fashion brand exploiting workers in Asia.
    I think our industry should investigate this kinds of abuse as it is not right and needs to be exposed.
    Leon Levy Klingshield South Africa

  2. Couldn’t agree more

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