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Two workers killed after 56-storey plunge in Hong Kong

Published on Mar 25, 2014 6:44 PM
 

HONG KONG (AFP) - Two construction workers in Hong Kong plunged 56 storeys to their deaths Tuesday, fire authorities said, after the scaffolding they stood upon snapped in two.

The accident took place as the pair renovated a residential building in the upscale Mid-Levels neighbourhood of the former British colony, one of the world's most vertical cities known for its strong safety record.

"When fire officers arrived, the gondola (suspended scaffolding) at the 56th floor was broken. Half of it had fallen to a platform around five or six storeys from the floor," a Hong Kong Fire Services Department spokesman told AFP.

He confirmed that there was one male and one female victim, but had no other information about their identities.

 
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