3 workers die in HCMC scaffolding collapse

By Duc Tien-Ngoc Tho, Thanh Nien

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Scaffolding collapsed at a construction site in HCMC's Dist. 7 this morning. Photo: Duc Tien Scaffolding collapsed at a construction site in HCMC's Dist. 7 this morning. Photo: Duc Tien

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Three workers are confirmed dead and four others injured when scaffolding collapsed at a 17-storey building project in Ho Chi Minh City this morning.
Ha Phuoc Thang, head of the Southern Zone project board, said rescue teams have recovered two bodies from the rubble and is trying to get to a third one.
The four injured workers were rushed to nearby hospitals, he said.
The victims were among about a dozen people working on the scaffolding at the construction site of the Saigon South Office building, located on Nguyen Van Linh St., Dist. 7, when it plunged to the ground at around 6 a.m. 
A person who lives next to the site said he heard a "loud bang, and then people's screaming."
When he came near, he saw "iron rods pierced through two men's bodies, and a woman fainted."
Police have cordoned the area around the site to facilitate search and rescue activities.
Hoa Binh Construction Company, which is in charge of executing the project, has yet to confirm the fatalities.

What caused the accident is not yet known, the police said.

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