Man dies after being covered in 13 tons of molten metal

TOKYO —

A plant worker has died after 13 tons of molten metal were tipped over him, police said Monday.

Kazuki Tada, 23, was working Saturday morning beneath a huge bucket containing an alloy that had been heated to around 1,300 degrees Celsius at a Nippon Denko plant in Anan, Tokushima Prefecture.

The bucket, which was suspended in mid-air, overbalanced, pouring the molten metal on Tada, police said.

An investigation into the accident is under way, a local police spokesman said.

(c) 2014 AFP

  • 20

    IronBeard

    Jesus that puts my problems into perspective!

  • 13

    Maria

    That there, is horrific. I hope someone can come along to say that he dies instantly, or that he at was not aware of the pain. Unimaginable horror...

  • 4

    titaniumdioxide

    Holy mother of potatoes! That's so terrible. I'm imagining his skin,bones, ligaments, organs ... all of his body dissolved and burnt into ashes. Rest in undisturbed eternal peace!

  • 6

    BertieWooster

    Poor guy!

    What a horrible way to go!

  • 4

    Laguna

    Man dies after being covered in 13 tons of molten metal

    Yeah, that would tend to do it. It's a pity the headline couldn't read, "Man miraculously survives after being covered in 13 tons of molten metal."

  • 4

    FightingViking

    As IronBeard said, that puts MY problems into perspective too...

    Poor man ! That is SO terrible ! I hope his family will be able to get over this incredible nightmare however, I'm sure they'll never forget it... Only 23 years old ! Life was just starting for him ! Rest in peace Tada-san.

  • 1

    Alex Einz

    Nasty....

  • 3

    sighclops

    Absolute tragedy, and so young. R.I.P

  • 13

    gokai_wo_maneku

    And he was only 23... Probably woke up this morning, wondering about problems, family, watched some TV, what to buy for dinner, etc. just like any of us. But didn't live to see the end of the day. As they say, the next instant of our existence is not guaranteed.

  • 2

    HongoTAFEinmate

    Dying so young is tragedy Also the Labor Standards Bureau tend to take a rather poor attitude to industrial accidents in this country.

  • 10

    zichi

    I've seen that happen before when I worked in a metal refinery. Its over very quickly but what a very young age to die? I've also seen workers trip over and half fall in to vats of molten metal. They are hell places to work.

  • 0

    the_odeman

    Poor soul......a quick death, but at such a young age....my condolences go out to his family.

    Someone is gonna get sued

  • 1

    gogogo

    More lax safety standards, seriously tragic!

  • 1

    Dukeleto

    Horrendous, does not adequately describe this poor mans demise. Shocking! I hope he felt and knew nothing of it. Tragic!

  • 7

    Disillusioned

    Man dies after being covered in 13 tons of molten metal

    Yep! I reckon that would do it! The questions of how this could happen abound! I was a work place health and safety officer in Oz For many years and my first question is, why was anybody working underneath 13 tons of molten metal? That's just ludicrous! My next question would be, why was the metal not secured in a way that would prevent it from toppling? Workplace accidents like this should not happen in a so-called 'modern' country.

  • 2

    cleo

    That's just awful. So young.

  • 2

    CrazyJoe

    At that temperature, molten metal would cut through skin and bone like a knife through butter. A hairline crack from an accidental drop can be a hidden hazard. (The bucket measures 2.8 meters in height and 2 meters in circumference). May God bless his soul.

  • 1

    WilliB

    Wow, gruesome. But at least death was instantaneous. Talk about overkill.

  • 2

    Cortes Elijah

    Ridiculous safety here. I am sick of hearing about accidents that could have been avoided...

  • 0

    Chuckles419

    Jeez. This is shocking.

  • 1

    Tom DeMicke

    I smell a serious lawsuit. Should have never happened. Really does put my problems into perspective as well. Well said! Rest in Peace Mr. Tada. So terrible!

  • 0

    Bear27840

    I am speechless.

  • 0

    GW

    oh my goodness...........

  • 1

    Strangerland

    Jesus. This is going to give me nightmares tonight. There's no guarantee it was instantaneous either, it all depends on how fast the metal poured. But what was he doing under there? That should never happen, there shouldn't even be a system in place that would allow it to happen.

  • 1

    Mirai Hayashi

    good lord..what a way to go.

  • 2

    Vernie Jefferies

    Not only that is a horrible accident for the victim, but also for the co-workers who witnessed the incident.

  • 0

    Lowly

    Man dies after being covered in 13 tons of molten metal

    Ya, well, I can see that being the result.

    Sounds like an awful way to go, but on 2nd thot, probably instantaneous and therefore painless, one of the better ways to go.

    Anyone remember that scene in the game of thrones tv show?

  • 1

    gokai_wo_maneku

    Do I understand that all 13 tons of molten metal fell on the man? Then at 1,300 degrees C, his body would have been instantly vaporized and absorbed into the metal.

  • 1

    iLikeTurtles

    Utterly horrific, I hope lessons are learned and it never happens again.

  • 1

    Altruist777

    I also feel sorry for persons who had to witness the accident as well.

  • 0

    smithinjapan

    As quick as it must have been, there were at least a few seconds of unimaginable pain and horror. RIP, and I pity the people who saw it as well. Obviously this was an error, and I hope it is properly investigated.

  • 1

    Jean ValJean

    Horrific! RIP young man.

  • 3

    Jo Dod

    Laguna, I think this is one, incredibly rare instance where I'm glad the guy DIDNT make it. I can't even describe the horror one would have to go through to survive something like that

  • 0

    BurakuminDes

    Rest in peace, young man, and condolences to his poor family. I'm hoping the Nippon Denko outfit is shut down - regardless of any financial inconvenience - until a thorough safety investigation has taken place. If this tragedy was avoidable then by all means criminal charges must be considered.

  • 0

    Tom Webb

    What, no safety review? Must hold safety officials responsible for this accident. I mean, work under a molten caldron of metal? Please, a little common sense.

  • 0

    Scnadal.Lova

    Horrific! He must have went fast. The pain would put him into shock immediately and then kill him

  • 1

    Qamar

    Horrible. He was same age as me too :( I really really hope that he didn't suffer at all and that it was very quick. I also hope that his colleagues are given whatever psychological support they need after witnessing this.

  • 0

    Frungy

    MariaFeb. 24, 2014 - 05:59PM JST That there, is horrific. I hope someone can come along to say that he dies instantly, or that he at was not aware of the pain. Unimaginable horror...

    If it hit his head first then the brain would have vaporised almost instantly (certainly too fast to make sense of the sensory input and feel pain). Even it hit elsewhere the surrounding nerve tissue would have died instantly and been unable to report anything. It is unlikely that he would have even registered what was going on. Surgical lasers operate at roughly the same temperatures 600~1100 degrees C, and they vaporise tissue almost instantaneously.

  • -9

    fannybatter

    *the brain would have vaporised almost instantly * how long will he keep burning in his dreams which are infinite?

  • 1

    kaimycahl

    Wow! I can't understand why would someone let this guy walk under such load. I wonder if the company have any work place safety procedure because this could have been avoided. Wow!

  • -2

    Louis Haygood

    How hot is 1300C?

  • 2

    Gobshite

    The headline does not really describe the accident properly, you don't get "covered" by molten metal at 1300 degrees, you get vaporized. I very much doubt there would be much of him remaining after this kind of accident. Certainly not recognizable. Horrible way to go, very sad.

  • 1

    Salus

    RIP

  • 2

    surfer21

    Workplace accidents must be rife here....i see workers grinding without safety glasses, no ear protection ,working under cranes, oxy cutting without goggles etc etc. Basically they are treated as cattle with others lining up to take their menial low paid jobs Good to see the J-government stand up for workers rights here, obviously worlds best practice!!!!!!!!!!

  • -1

    wipeout

    I was a work place health and safety officer in Oz For many years and my first question is, why was anybody working underneath 13 tons of molten metal? That's just ludicrous! My next question would be, why was the metal not secured in a way that would prevent it from toppling? Workplace accidents like this should not happen in a so-called 'modern' country.

    But they do, not least in Australia, which has plenty of industries - such as mining - that put workers at risk.

  • 1

    Thunderbird2

    Oh god... that's horrible. RIP... I don't even want to imagine that.

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