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Lift Falls 18 Stories, Kills 8

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

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Eight people were killed when the construction elevator they were in dropped 18 stories in eastern China, according to reports.

Various news reports say that the deadly plunge happened Friday (July 15) evening at an apartment building under construction in the city of Longkou, in Shandong province. Officials reported the incident on a government microblog page Sunday, according to the Associated Press.

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Eight people were killed Friday (July 15)  in the elevator fall in Shandong province, in east China.

The unidentified victims were said to have been taken to a local hospital following the incident, but were all later pronounced dead, reports say, citing the government officials.

A cause of the elevator failure had not been reported Monday (July 18).

Construction accidents are frequent in China as regulations are often ignored to cut costs, according to reports.

In 2007, a construction elevator a residential project plunged 20 stories, killing 11 workers in Wuxi City in Jiangsu province, Reuters reported at the time. Six others who were also in the elevator were injured.

A string of recent incidents involving elevators and escalators in China has sparked a call for heightened maintenance and safety checks, according to Chinadaily.com.

   

Tagged categories: Accidents; Construction; Fatalities; Health and safety

Comment from john lienert, (7/19/2016, 8:15 AM)

"CHI-OSHA" musta' been out to lunch


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