Seven construction workers died and one was injured when a
construction materials elevator plunged 14 stories on a building
site in Mudanjiang city, in northeast China's Heilongjiang Province, on Sunday.
The local construction bureau said the tragedy occurred at
12:05 PM at the site of the city's grain and oil trade market
Witnesses said the elevator, carrying eight workers, suddenly
fell out of control as it reached the 14th floor.
Two workers died at the scene, two died on the way to hospital
and three others died later in hospital. The injured worker is
still in hospital.
Initial investigations blame a "serious violation" of working
rules for the tragic accident. Workers are forbidden to travel in
the elevator that is normally used to carry concrete and
Three staff of the Mudanjiang Hualian Construction Company - the
project manager, safety supervisor and elevator operator – ran away
after the accident and are still at large, a spokesman with local
construction bureau said.
Local construction safety administration officials had suspended
the elevator operating permit before the accident because the
company used the elevator to carry workers in addition to
construction materials, and ordered it to stop doing so.
But the company ignored the instructions and continued to
operate the elevator unsafely, leading to the fatal accident.
(Xinhua News Agency September 13, 2006)