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Leather factory worker 'jumped into toxic pit in bid to save colleague'

Factory boss testifies in coroner's inquiry into death of two workers

Published on May 23, 2014 8:04 AM

A worker at a leather factory jumped into a pit of toxic wastewater to save his colleague, but ended up dead himself, a coroner's inquiry heard yesterday.

Nam Heng Leather Dyeing partner and factory boss Ang Keat Hong was giving his view of the video footage of the incident on Dec 26 last year that claimed the lives of Chinese nationals Yang Zhonghua and Zhai Hailei.

He said: "I caught a glimpse of (Zhai's) shadow... I noticed him removing a plank and voluntarily jumping in."

The 3m pit was directly under a water treatment unit. Known as a sump, it was filled with wastewater 2.5m deep at the time.

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