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Balcony death due to loosened steel bar

A LOOSE supporting steel bar led to the collapse of a sixth-floor apartment balcony that killed an elderly woman on Monday in Changning District, housing authorities said yesterday.

Weakened by the bar's position, the balcony had insufficient bearing capacity, said the district housing administration bureau.

Officials have asked the property management company to repair the balcony and check other apartments in the building in the community on Maotai Road.

A 69-year-old woman died when the sixth-floor balcony collapsed at about noon. Neighbors said the woman, who lived alone, was washing clothes at the time.

The investigation, led by quality and safety supervision officials, discovered that the main tension steel bar had moved downward, weakening the balcony.

Officials didn't say what had led to the bar moving downward, however.

Another factor in the accident was that balcony windows in the apartment below had been removed during decorating work. These had helped support the balcony above, said investigators.

The woman's two sons questioned the quality of work in the late-1980s block.

Safety checks will be carried out soon on the complex of buildings of around 900 households, officials said.

Some residents were concerned at the findings. "I'd better move out for a while," said a man surnamed Yin.


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