1 dead, 4 injured in northern Vietnam construction accident

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One was killed and four others were critically injured when a scaffold collapsed from the tenth floor of a skyscraper which was being constructed in Hanoi Tuesday.

One of the injured victims named Thanh told Vietnamnet that he was working on a scaffold on the sixth floor of the Capital Land building in Ha Dong District when he heard a big noise.

He then lost his consciousness and later realized that he was already in the hospital, according to the newswire.

Phan Van Mau, deputy chief inspectorate of Hanoi Department of Labors, Invalids and Social Affairs said in an interview with Thanh Nien that a scaffold from the tenth floor collapsed making those under it fall as well.

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Four workers who were between 30-32 years old were rushed to the nearby Military Hospital 103, but one of them died due to critical injuries. Meanwhile, one of the survivors is currently in coma due to brain trauma.

Related agencies are inspecting the site to define the accident's cause, according to Mau.

He said workers must use safety wire when working at the height of more than two meters, adding that the requirement must also be implemented when "dangerous obstacles" are present under the place they are working.

Works on Capital Land, which covers the area of 14,000 square meters, started in 2010 with the China State Construction Engineering Corporation as its contractor.

The US$170-million project is invested by the joint-venture between the Singapore-based CapitalLand Group and the Vietnamese-owned Hoang Thanh Company.

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