Six killed in construction site accident in south China

08:46, March 18, 2010      

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Six workers were killed and two were injured after a construction platform in a power plant collapsed Wednesday in Guangdong Province.

A 20-meter-high working platform of Huaneng Haimen Power Plant in Shantou City collapsed at 1:45 p.m. Wednesday, landing on eight workers on a lower platform about 17 meters above the ground, according to an official with the city's emergency response office.

Four of the workers died at the scene and two died on the way to hospital. The other two workers were seriously injured, doctors said.

The plant belongs to the Guangdong branch of China Huaneng Group, China's largest electricity generating company. The first two of the plant's six planned generators started operation last year, according to the group's official webpage.

Officials with the city's work safety watchdog are investigating the cause of the accident.

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