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8 builders hurt as scaffold collapses

EIGHT migrant workers were injured after a scaffold collapsed yesterday at a Shanghai-Beijing express railway construction site in Minhang District.

It was the second collapse on the project's construction sites in a month.

On August 19 a crane collapse killed four workers at a site in Jiading District.

In yesterday's accident, the workers, all from central China's Hunan Province, fell from the 7-meter unfinished scaffold about 7:55am in Beidi Road of Minhang's Huacao Town.

The men mostly suffered bone breaks and bruises.

Last night, six were still under medical observation in hospital while the others have been released.

"A steel bar hit my chest and knocked me down," said Huang Kuncheng, 52, who was working on the ground.

The man most seriously hurt suffered a broken pelvis and had blood in his urine but remained in stable condition, Changning District Hospital said.

Workers said they were pulling up steel bars to complete the scaffold structure to be used for molding concrete pillars for the railway.


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