Construction across Guangzhou came to a halt on Sunday following the collapse of a crane that killed seven people and injured two. The Guangzhou Housing and Urban-Rural Construction Committee stated that all construction sites in the city will be required to pass an inspection before work continues, according to Reuters.
Sources from Global News stated that the incident occurred at the construction site of China Communications Co. Ltd.'s southern headquarters on Saturday evening.
The two injured workers are reportedly in stable condition.
A representative from Haizhu District told reporters that the cause of the incident is still being investigated and the company running the development site has yet to release a statement.
Construction accidents are not uncommon in China. Back in April, an accident during subway construction in Shenzhen left one man dead and another three injured, and in late March, nine people died during the construction of a power plant in Guangzhou.
Earlier this month, seven perished in Puning, Guangdong province, after a roadside construction crane collapsed onto a passing van.
China’s abysmal safety record for workers is often attributed to poor enforcement of safety regulations, poor training of staff and willingness by companies to sacrifice safety standards for an extra buck.
The government has promised to crack down on companies that fail to adhere to safety standards.
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