JAKARTA (AP): Fumes from a shipment of crude palm oil are believed to have killed six workers workers and injured several others who were cleaning a tanker in western Indonesia, police said Thursday.
Three teenage workers descended into the 4-meter-deep hold of the ship Wednesday night and began screaming for help, said police Lt. Amam Wahyudi. Three others followed them in and also collapsed, he said.
"The dead were believed to be poisoned by gases from crude palm oil," said Wahyudi, adding that the victims had blood foaming from their mouths and noses.
Another six men were admitted to hospital for treatment on the island of Sumatra.
Industrial safety standards are very poor in Indonesia, a vast island nation with a population of 235 million, and chemicals are often used without protective gear.