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Defective scaffolds led to fatal collapse

DEFECTIVE scaffolding and framing contributed to the collapse of a concrete deck that killed five workers and injured 17 on a Metro Line 12 construction site on December 31, city work safety authorities said yesterday.

Investigators were still determining who should be held responsible, officials said.

At the time of the incident, cement work was being done at the site for a train parking structure for Line 12 in the Pudong New Area's Jinqiao area, officials said.

By 8:30pm, the operator of a crane used to move materials cut the crane's power and left for the day. At 9:03pm, scaffolding and framing alongside the crane twisted and crashed into the crane, which fell onto the concrete deck, causing the collapse.

The structures "had flaws and lost balance under the weight of cement and the crane," officials pointed out.

More than 30 people were working at the site of a five-story parking lot and train maintenance depot at the site.

The work safety bureau said the builder, the Shanghai No. 2Construction Group, as well as an engineering supervision company and a labor service subcontractor, were lax in their management.


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