Infamous Hanoi tower claims sixth victim

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A technician on Tuesday became the sixth person to die in the last few months at the construction site of what has been touted as the nation’s tallest skyscraper.

Vu Tien Lam, a technician working for South Korean Keangnam Corporation that is building the Keangnam Hanoi Landmark Tower, was checking a formwork when it fell on him.

The 25-year-old was rushed to hospital immediately but died several hours later in the evening of multiple injuries.

Lam’s is the second death at the building site this month. On February 3, a 36-year-old worker was killed after a steel pipe broke from a pump and hit him.

Four others slipped and fell to their death in one week in July last year, including two from the 13th floor at around 10p.m. Construction at the site was suspended and three other workers were injured when work resumed a few days later.

Police in Tu Liem District, where the tower is located, had recently asked the investor to improve safety measures at the construction site.

Work at the 70-floor tower, slated to be the highest building in Vietnam upon completion, started in 2007.

The tower, expected to cost more than $1 billion, will house hotels, offices and high-end apartments. It includes a 48-floor tower, 15 of which have been built, and a 70-floor high-rise of which the sixth floor is being built.

Reported by Thai Son

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