Just in case any of you were dreaming of giving up your dull desk job for a chance to work with your hands in the great outdoors, you may want to scratch Chinese construction worker off of your list of alternative careers.
In Wuhan on Thursday a construction elevator carrying 19 painters crashed 34 floors carrying all occupants to their deaths. The incident occurred at approximately 1 pm at the Donghujingyuan residential development project
The tragedy happened around 1 pm when 19 painters at the construction site of Donghujingyuan, a residential real estate project under construction in Wuhan.
According to local media, a malfunction occurred as the elevator was going up and it began to accelerate until it reached the top of the 34-storey structure. When the elevator’s ascent was halted at the top of the building the steel cables snapped and the car plummeted 100 metres down, carrying all 19 workers to their deaths.
Local firefighters were called to the scene to attempt to rescue survivors from the wreckage, however, no survivors were found.
According to unnamed sources, the elevator had a capacity of 12 people. Reportedly, Wuhan authorities have launched an investigation into the accidents and have made pledges to punish those who are found responsible for the accident. Also, all construction sites in the city have been asked to halt operations for safety checks.
More than 347,000 work-related accidents happened in 2011, and more than 75,500 people died in such accidents, according to the State Administration of Work Safety.