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Police in Hanoi opened Friday a criminal investigation into the construction of the Hanoi Landmark Tower, where four workers were killed and three others injured in three separate accidents July 21-27.
Investigators from Hanoi’s Tu Liem District said they would consider filing charges against anyone found violating construction regulations after collecting evidence.

Tu Liem District Police Chief Tran Duc Long told newswire VnExpress Friday that several individuals could be held responsible for the accidents, including construction workers, a crane controller and construction supervisors. He also said the contractor could be found in breach of construction regulations.

He said the police had consulted with the Department of Construction and the Department of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs, both of whom had already wrapped up their own inquiries into incidents.

Four workers lost their lives on Tuesday and Wednesday last week as they slipped and fell several floors without wearing safety harnesses. Harnesses are required by law for workers working at heights of two meters and above.

On Monday, three workers were injured as the concrete slab they were standing on slipped from the 13th to the ninth floor.

Work on the 70-floor tower, slated to be the highest building in Vietnam upon completion, began in 2007. South Korean corporation Keangnam is the project’s main investor.

Source: Agencies

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