At least 67 killed in scaffolding collapse on tower in east China
BEIJING — Scaffolding at a construction site in eastern China collapsed into a deadly heap Thursday, sending iron pipes, steel bars and wooden planks tumbling down on about 70 workers in the country’s worst work-safety accident in over two years.
At least 67 people were killed by the collapse of the work platform at a power plant cooling tower that was under construction, state media reported. Two others were injured and one worker was missing.
The cooling tower was being built in the city of Fengcheng in Jiangxi province when the scaffolding tumbled down at about 7:30 a.m., an official with the local Work Safety Administration said.
About 500 rescue workers were digging through the debris with their hands, according to state broadcaster CCTV.