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Scaffolding collapses, injures 4 workers in Phu Yen

Update: March, 18/2015 - 18:14
One of the workers being treated at Phu Yen General Hospital. — Photo

HA NOI (VNS) — Four workers were injured when a scaffold collapsed at the northern gate of Co Ma Tunnel in the central coast province of Phu Yen.

The injured workers, who are employed by Truong Phat Investment Trading joint stock company, were sent to Phu Yen General Hospital for treatment.

One of them was seriously injured, with six ribs broken.

Ho Minh Hoang, chairman of the Management Board, and Deo Ca Joint Stock Company spoke with Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper, confirming the accident.

Hoang said the company would request project contractors to take safety precautions during their work.

Nguyen Van Bang, head of the construction team, said the accident occurred at 7pm on Tuesday when workers were standing on an iron frame scaffolding, which was some 9m high and 6m wide, to reinforce it against leakage.

Co Ma tunnel is 500m long, with two parallel tunnels running alongside it, 30m apart.

Construction of the tunnel cost some VND576 billion (US$26.8 million) and was implemented under a BT (build-transfer) agreement.

Co Ma tunnel is part of the Ca Pass tunnel project on Highway 1 in the provinces of Phu Yen and Khanh Hoa, with Deo Ca joint stock company as the main investor.

Co Ma tunnel was technically open in November last year, but it is now under maintenance and is expected to open to traffic in September this year. — VNS

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