Elevator plunges 30 floors in central China, killing 19
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Elevator plunges 30 floors in central China, killing 19

Wuhan : China | Sep 13, 2012 at 8:47 PM PDT
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19 die in China lift crash

At least 19 construction workers were killed when a lift at a construction site in central China crashed to the ground on Thursday after plunging 30 floors, local authorities said.

The tragic accident happened Thursday in Wuhan city in Hubei province,at an apartment building construction site.

According to the witnesses the platform was overloaded.A malfunction was occured suddenly when platform was moving upward .It got accelerated and reached to the 34th floor .The cable then snapped and the car plummeted to the ground.

Residents living near the construction site said the maximum capacity of the elevator used by the workers is 12 passengers, reported cnhan.com, a major news website in Wuhan.

All the workers dead are painters and were painting the exterior of the appartment building.

The registration plate on the elevator wreckage was still intact. The validity period of the registration was from June 23, 2011 to June 23, 2012 .

Local authorities have launched an investigation into the cause of the accident and have suspended work at all construction sites in the province until safety checks are completed, according to Mei Hua, a local official.

Work related accidents are very common in China.Corruption,negligence are the major factors contributing the more then 75,000 death last year of work relating accidents.

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