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Many accidents at Kárahnjúkar

In little over a week, 26 accidents have been reported at Kárahnjúkar in east Iceland, where a controversial dam is under construction.

Three men were injured when two trains collided at a tunnel at Kárahnjúkar yesterday. Two of the workers were transported to the hospital in Akureyri. It is suspected that the driver of one of the trains ignored warning signals. Fréttabladid reports.

Eyjólfur Saemundsson, director of the Occupational Safety and Health Authority, said the air in the tunnel had been damp and that fog had probably caused limited visibility.

He added that workers usually get more careless when a construction in nearly over. The current phase of the project is expected to be completed in April 2007.

Other recent incidents include a worker’s ribs and back being injured due to cement leaking from the roof of a tunnel, rocks falling on to a platform where two men were working, and a worker falling 50m on site.

Since the construction of the dam at Kárahnjúkar began in October 2002, the deaths of four men have been reported in work-related accidents.

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