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    TEN GLASS INSTALLERS DIE IN PHILLIPINES DISASTER

    Platform collapse leaves 10 workers dead on Manila apartment block

    The cables of a ‘gondola’ at a construction site in the Phillipines capital Manilla have failed causing 10 workers to fall to their deaths. The gondola fell as it was coming down from the 28th floor on a residential block.

    One worker survived the incident at building undergoing construction. According to an eyewitness account workers rode the gondola instead of taking the stairs during their break time. The victims were all glass installers.

    It took rescuers over two hours to retrieve all the bodies platform rested ‘splayed out and broken’ suspended on the seventh floor.

    Following the disaster the developer is reviewing the compliance of its contractors and construction management consultant. A spokesperson said:

    “Eton, its contractors and construction management consultant are cooperating with police authorities and the city engineer’s office as they investigate the cause of this accident. In the meantime, the company’s priority is to ensure that the victims’ families are informed and extended needed assistance by the contractor

    The Philippines has been experiencing a construction boom caused by low interest rates, the large amount of foreign remittances from 9 million Filipinos working abroad and the need for more office space to accommodate a growing outsourcing industry.

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