A 15 meter-long crane fell at a high-rise construction site in Ho Chi Minh City Thursday, killing one worker, VietNamNet reported.
Immediately after the accident, the door of the Thao Dien Pearl construction site in District 2 was closed.
People living in the surrounding high-rises said that a number of workers had tried to pull the body of another worker out of the crane.
Four workers were standing under the crane when it began to fall, but only three managed to run, city authorities said following an inspection at the scene.
The victim was identified only as a resident of the northern province of Thanh Hoa. He has been transferred to hospital for a post-mortem examination.
Work at the 31-story apartment project began this March and was expected to finish by the end of 2012, covering 12,855 square meters.
Hanoi-based Thien An Infrastructure Joint Stock Company, the contractor, is working on the foundation of the building.
A police investigation is underway.