Viet Nam News
HÀ NỘI — A worker at Hà Nội’s Cát Linh-Hà Đông Urban railway construction site died in hospital this morning after falling from a height of 5m onto the road on Sunday afternoon.
Director of Railway Project Management Unit (PMU) Lê Kim Thành confirmed this morning that male worker Lê Văn Linh, 19, of central Hà Tĩnh Province, was working at the Văn Quán Terminal construction site when he missed a step while coming down.
Thành said following the accident, the PMU has asked constructors to review work safety and called on workers to improve awareness and obedience of work safety regulations.
Phạm Văn Tiến, head of the Emergency Department in Military Hospital 103, said the worker was hospitalised with injuries, in particular a head injury.
Earlier too, urban railway work has resulted in fatal accidents worrying commuters traveling under the construction site.
On November 6, 2014, one person died and two others were injured after being crushed by a steel beam that dropped from a crane at the construction site of a railway bridge in Thanh Xuân District.
On December 27, 2014, scaffolding and a frame under construction at the project’s terminal in Hà Đông District collapsed while workers were pouring concrete. The debris damaged a taxi with four people inside and seriously injured nine construction workers. No fatalities were reported.
On August 25, 2015, a 2.5m steel bar fell onto the bonnet of a four-seater car on Hà Đông’s Quang Trung Street. Again the passengers were lucky to escape without injury. The authorities ordered a halt to the construction work.
The final railway beams of the Cát Linh-Hà Đông urban railway were inserted one week ago, completing the basic infrastructure of the skytrain project.
It is expected that by the end of this year the project will complete construction, including all concrete work, stations and paths. Equipment will be installed from January next year, taking some six months.
The railway will be open for use next September.
The elevated railway project began in 2011 with investment of US$552 million, of which $169 million came from Chinese official development assistance. — VNS