|Thanh Hoa authorities suspended the construction of the Quanh stream bridge yesterday after a scaffold collapsed and killed four workers on January 9. — Photo vietnamplus.vn
THANH HOA (VNS) — Work at a bridge project was suspended yesterday after four people were killed in a scaffolding collapse in Ta Pan Village, in Quan Hoa District's Trung Son Commune.
Thanh Hoa authorities decided to suspend the construction of the Quanh Bridge after four workers were killed in a scaffolding collapse on Saturday, Mai Xuan Lien, director of Thanh Hoa department of transportation, said.
"This is a workplace accident," Ngo Sy Tam, chief director of the People's Committee of Quan Son District, said. "The scaffolding fell on the workers and killed them instantly."
A team of workers were working on the girder part of the bridge spanning the Quanh stream, when the accident happened at about 6.30pm on Saturday.
The four victims were 24-year-old Nguyen Tuan Vu, born in Ha Noi; 24-year-old Nguyen Dinh Tung, born in Thai Binh; 36-year-old Bui Van Trung from Ha Tinh; and 32-year-old Phan Van Thinh, also from Ha Tinh.
The bodies of the victims were sent back to their hometowns for funeral ceremonies after their autopsies were completed yesterday, Tam said.
The Quanh Bridge project is part of a larger infrastructure project of Thanh Hoa's department of transportation, which aims to connect the western mountainous districts of Thanh Hoa Province.
Quanh Bridge is expected to be a permanent bridge made of reinforced concrete and toughened concrete, with a total length of nearly 260m.
The project, which will cost more than VND182 billion ($8 million), was launched in June 2010. Only 80 per cent of the work was accomplished as of the end of last year due to a funds shortage. — VNS