Vietnam sends four to prison for deadly scaffolding collapse

HANOI: A court in central Vietnam has sentenced two South Koreans and two Vietnamese to prison for committing safety violations after a scaffolding collapse that killed 13 people and injured 29 others.

The court official in Ha Tinh said Kim Jong-wook was convicted of violating labor safety and sentenced to three years and six months at the end of the four-day trial Monday while Lee Jae-myeong received a three-year sentence on the same charges. Two Vietnamese staff were convicted, one sentenced to three years and the other to two and a half years, she said.

All the victims of the March collapse were Vietnamese subcontractors working on a seaport breakwater project in an economic zone in Ha Tinh.

Samsung C&T Vietnam, a unit of Samsung Group, was the contractor.