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Construction hoist accident kills at least 3 in north-central Vietnam

Monday, January 04, 2021, 12:05 GMT+7
Construction hoist accident kills at least 3 in north-central Vietnam
The construction site for the Department of Finance’s new headquarters in Nghe An Province, Vietnam, January 3, 2020. Photo: Doan Hoa / Tuoi Tre

At least three construction workers were killed and many others seriously injured following a construction hoist accident in the north-central Vietnamese province of Nghe An last week.

The accident occurred at the construction site of the provincial Department of Finance’s new headquarters in Hung Phuc Ward, Vinh City on Saturday afternoon, according to local authorities.

A group of 11 workers were using the construction hoist to get to the ninth story of the building when it collapsed.

All of the victims were rushed to the hospital for emergency treatment.

The hoist at the construction site of the Department of Finance’s new headquarters in Nghe An Province, Vietnam. Photo: Doan Hoa / Tuoi Tre

The hoist at the construction site of the Department of Finance’s new headquarters in Nghe An Province, Vietnam. Photo: Doan Hoa / Tuoi Tre

One worker succumbed to serious injuries later the same day, while two others were confirmed dead on Sunday morning.

The three deceased victims were identified as D.M.C., 63, T.C.H., 44, and P.D.P., 47, who all hailed from Yen Thanh District, Nghe An.

The Nghe An Department of Public Security has launched an investigation to determine the cause of the accident.

The building is designed to have nine stories and one basement.

Injured workers are treated at the hospital in Nghe An Province, Vietnam. Photo: Doan Hoa / Tuoi Tre

Injured workers are treated at the hospital in Nghe An Province, Vietnam. Photo: Doan Hoa / Tuoi Tre

At a cost of more than VND100 billion (US$4.3 million), the construction was initiated in January 2020.

The hoist has been in use since September after undergoing mandatory inspection.

Measuring 1.2 meters wide and nearly four meters long, the hoist is powered by an electric motor system and used to transport workers and materials up and down the building.

Police officers were still present at the construction site to carry out their investigation as of Sunday afternoon, according to the observation of Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper reporters.

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