3 dead, 2 injured in metro construction site accident

Three workers died and two were injured after a scaffolding collapse on a metro construction site in Sanxia District, New Taipei City, today, November 20.

According to reports, scaffolding collapsed at the construction site of the Sanying Line of the New Taipei Metro at the corner of Jiafu Road and Jiaxing Road at around 1:00 pm.

Of five workers affected, four fell from a three-storey height, while one was caught in the scaffolding. Three of the workers lost vital signs at the scene of the accident, and were later declared dead at the hospital. Of the three dead, two were Taiwanese, aged 50 and 61, and one was a 48-year-old Thai national.

One 47-year-old Taiwanese worker, and a 47-year-old Thai national suffered leg fractures and remained conscious during rescue operations.

New Taipei City Mayor Hou You-yi went to the scene of the accident and ordered suspension of work until an investigation is complete detailing the cause of the accident.

According to reports and pictures, a formwork burst during concrete pouring operations is suspected to have caused the scaffolding collapse.

formwork and scaffolding at site of accident
Picture suggesting formwork burst during concrete pouring operation at scene of accident.
firefighters rescue worker trapped in collapsed scaffolding
Picture: New Taipei City Fire Department.
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