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Accident in shipyard repair zone kills one, seriously injures two workers

Workers at the Perama Shipyard Repair Zone have called a 24-hour strike and rally at the main gate of Perama on Tuesday following the accident which resulted in the death of a 47-year-old crane vehicle operator and the serious injuries of two workers.

The accident occurred during operations to extract a wing from a ship under repair using a crane vehicle. The wing was thrown away and disconnected from the transport hook.

It then crashed into an existing scaffold on which four people were carrying out the work, fatally injuring the 47-year-old crane operator and also injuring a 47-year-old and a 43-year-old who are hopsitalized.

The union spoke of insufficient protection measures and unacceptable working conditions, asking for the intensification of inspections to ensure compliance with health and safety regulations.

It called for the reinforcement of inspection mechanisms, the immediate declaration of the local contract for shipbuilding repair work as mandatory for all companies in the sector by the labor ministry and its application in all workplaces.

The causes and circumstances of Monday’s labor accident at the Perama Shipyard Repair Zone are being investigated, the Hellenic Labor Inspectorate said in a statement on Monday evening.

Tuesday morning four people were arrested but were released until the trial.

The four arrestees reportedly are the ship’s master, the safety technician – supervisor of workers’ hygiene and safety measures -, the employer of the crane operator and the representative of the company that carried out the repair work.

A trial is expected to be set for the case.

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