Factory worker killed, 3 hurt by molten ore

A 36-year-old factory worker was burned alive yesterday and three of his colleagues injured when a wagon transporting molten mineral ore toppled off the tracks it had been traversing. The incident occurred at around 7 a.m. at the Larco factory near Larymna, in central Greece, in the unit where the ore is transferred to cool. The molten ore that engulfed the 36-year-old and spattered his colleagues was said to have reached 3,000 degrees Celsius when it spilled, though it was unclear how this happened. The other three workers were hospitalized with minor burns. A spokesperson for the regional labor union accused the factory managers of «criminal arbitrariness» and called on the government to ensure that inspections avert such occurrences in the future.