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Two Immigrant Workers Die in Work-Related Accident

Two Romanian blacksmiths died while working on Hellisheidarvirkjun power plant outside Reykjavík last night. They are believed to have entered an air-tight steam pipe, lost consciousness and died due to lack of oxygen.

Members of the Capital Region Fire Department who arrived first to the scene tried to bring the men back to life but they were too late, Morgunbladid reports.

A number of police officers and medical workers were also called out, as well as a team from the Red Cross who provided other power plant workers with crisis counsel.

Police in Selfoss and the Occupational Safety and Health Authority are investigating the accident and would not reveal any details at the time being.

Gudbergur Ástrádsson, an overseer at Altak machine shop, the employer of the two men, told Morgunbladid that the victims had participated in a similar project before. They had not worked in Iceland for a long time.

Around 300 people are working for various companies on projects related to the construction of Hellisheidarvirkjun.

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