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2 workers killed as scaffolding collapses

TWO workers were killed and four injured when scaffolding collapsed yesterday at a Metro line site under construction in Pudong New Area, local Metro authorities said.

All of the injuries were minor, authorities said.

The builder, Shanghai Shentong Metro Group, said the accident happened about 11:30am at the construction site near Pudong's Luoshan Road.

"The six workers were working on the scaffold but the support lost balance," said the builder.

Falling about 20 meters to the ground from the elevated platform, four workers managed to suffer only cuts and bruises.

But the other two were buried beneath the scaffolding and concrete that also fell, said witnesses. Rescuers carried out the two workers in the afternoon. They were pronounced dead at 1:30pm in the hospital.

City work safety and construction authorities said work at the site was suspended pending safety checks.

The Metro project is being carried out by Hongrun Construction Group Co Ltd. The company has undertaken Metro construction projects since 1995, according to its website. Hongrun is listed on the Shenzhen Stock Exchange.

Line 16 is expected to be partly opened to service next year. The line will operate mainly in Pudong's Nanhui area with 13 stations. It will connect to Lines 2 and 7 at Longyang Road and end near the coast at Lingang New City.

Two operational models will be used - traditional service with stops at every station and a new non-stop service, said Metro officials. There will be extra fast track for the non-stop trains, which are designed for a top speed of 120 kilometers per hour.

The non-stop service will be available from four stations.

Seats on the fast trains will be arranged in ranks instead of in a traditional row, to accommodate more people sitting down.

Meanwhile, officials said yesterday that road traffic will be disrupted on a key thoroughfare downtown in Xuhui District until 2014 due to the construction of Line 12. The traffic restriction will begin on Damuqiao Road starting this Saturday, and buses will have to take detours.


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