Rebar collapse on Kaohsiung City construction site leaves 1 dead, 4 injured

One person died, and four others are injured, one in a critical condition, after a stack of rebar collapsed on a construction site in Kaohsiung City’s Gushan District this morning, March 4.

At 9:20 am, five workers were tying rebar five floors underground when a stack of three-meter high rebar collapsed like dominoes for a length of between 40 and 50 meters, leaving two people trapped. Three others were injured but managed to extricate themselves from the tangle of steel bars.

Firefighter paramedics faced a difficult rescue operation, unable to use their standard equipment to cut through the reinforcement bars. The two trapped workers lost vital signs at the scene of the accident.

Picture: Kaohsiung City Fire Department.

All five injured had to be lifted out of the 18 meter deep basement on stretchers by crane.

Of the two OHCA patients, a 50-year-old man named Fang recovered heartbeat, and a 22-year-old man named Chen was declared dead at 11:47 am. Fang remains in a critical condition.

Picture: Kaohsiung City Fire Department.

Work on the site has been shut down while the Labor Bureau conducts an investigation into the accident.

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