At least 67 killed in scaf­fold­ing col­lapse on tower in east China

Baltimore Sun - - NATION & WORLD -

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.

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