Hanoi inspects tower construction site following six deaths

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Hanoi authorities have launched an investigation into a high-rise construction site at which six workers have died since July last year.

The inspection of the Keangnam Hanoi Landmark Tower would last for 30 working days, said Nguyen Thi Phuc, vice director of Hanoi's Department of Labors, War Invalids and Social Affairs. Phuc is also leading the inspection team.

Slated to be Vietnam's tallest structure and the world's 17th tallest building once it is completed this year, the 70-story building recorded the first four casualties last July when workers slipped and fell to their deaths.

The construction was then suspended, but three other workers were injured when work resumed a few days later.

Another worker became the fifth victim when he was killed by a falling steel pipe last month.

A few weeks later a technician was killed when a formwork section collapsed. The construction firm in charge of the work, Keangnam-Vina Company, is South Korean-owned.

The US$1.05 billion complex plans to house hotels, offices and high-end apartments, including two 47-floor apartment blocks and a 70-floor high-rise, estimated to be 344 meters high.

On Wednesday the Ministry of Labors, War Invalids and Social Affairs reported that Vietnam last year recorded 6,250 labor accidents in total, 414 cases more than the previous year.

While 550 people were killed, 1,221 were injured, it said, noting that Ho Chi Minh City topped the list of localities with fatal accidents.

The ministry said 102 cases and 103 deaths were recorded at the southern hub, followed by the southern province of Dong Nai and the northern province of Quang Ninh.

Vu Nhu Van, deputy head of the ministry's Labor Safety Department, said work at construction sites outside of civil, industrial and traffic projects accounted for more than 50 percent of the total accidents.

The most common reason for deaths was falling from high levels, he noted.

According to the ministry, the country suffered from losses of over VND39 billion (US$2.1 million) caused by work accidents.

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