Cleaning platform breaks window pane in Vietnam's tallest building

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A window cleaning scaffold swaying in a Hanoi rainstorm broke a glass pane and sent shards raining down from the 23rd floor of Vietnam's tallest building on Thursday.

Two workers were cleaning windows from the scaffold at the time, but they remained unhurt, according to a report by VnExpress Saturday. The building has been the site of several fatal accidents since construction began in 2007.

According to the news website, no casualties were reported after the accident at the Keangnam Hanoi Landmark Tower, which includes two apartment buildings of 48 floors each, and an office building of 72 floors.

It quoted Bui Trung Dung, deputy chief of the department of state quality control over construction works under the Ministry of Transport, as saying the glass that fell to the ground hurt no one.

Asked about public concerns over the safety of the building's glass, the official said that the glass was imported to Vietnam after being inspected by an independent foreign company.

It was then checked again by local agencies, he added.

In the meantime, the tower's management board restricted areas around the accident site to fix the broken glass.

Opened in May this year, Keangnam Tower recorded the first deaths in February, 2009 when two workers died at the site.


Four others fell to their deaths during a single week in July that same year.

In March, 2010, a fire broke out on the 25th floor of the project.

In October, 2010, a piece of debris fell from the site severely injuring a woman who was passing by below.

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