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Larco plant accidents claim another life

September 8, 2009
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Two accidents in one month at the Larco plant in Larymna have now killed three employees of the metallurgical company and injured at least two others.

The latest victim had been seriously burned in an accident on August 26 when a furnace exploded and covered him in molten metal. He died of his injuries yesterday.

One of his coworkers was killed in the same accident, which prompted the local police to detain the managers of the place, while the Development Ministry ordered five furnaces at the site be closed.

It is unknown whether those furnaces have been reopened for use.

Six Larco managers have also been suspended while authorities investigate the accident.

On August 5, another worker died at the same site, after a cart transporting molten ore overturned, burning the man and killing him. This accident, according to Reuters, did not affect production.

Larco is one of the world’s largest producers of ferronickel, an alloy of nickel and iron used in steel production.

At the time of the first fatal accident in August, Greece had been searching for investors in the company, which had suffered a loss of 116 million euros in 2008.

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