Rescue forces search for victims after the wall at the construction site in Dong Nai Province collapsed yesterday. 

At least 10 workers lost their lives and many others have been buried under debris in an occupational accident occurring at 2:15 p.m today, May 14, in the southern province of Dong Nai.

Authorities said that a wall suddenly collapsed when a group of workers were building it at Giang Dien Industrial Park in Trang Bom District, reported Tuoi Tre newspaper.

As a result, eight were killed at the site, while two others were confirmed dead after being hospitalized as of 5 p.m. on the same day. Many other injured workers were sent to a local hospital as well, Phan Huy Anh Vu, director of the provincial Health Department, confirmed.

Rescue forces have used around 10 excavators to rescue buried victims.

 

Sonadezi Giang Dien JSC, the developer of the industrial park, said that the wall collapse happened when a South Korean firm named AV Healthcare was building its factory there.

AV Healthcare hired a construction unit to build a factory in the industrial park. After the collapse, the firm teamed up with other forces to send the victims to hospital, informed the industrial park’s management board of the accident, and called on excavators to the scene to cope with the situation, according to a Sonadezi representative.

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has requested ministries and agencies quickly work towards recovering from the consequences of the accident.

The PM sent deep condolences to families of the victims and asked authorities of Dong Nai to search for more victims, treat the injured victims and provide support for the victims’ families.

He ordered the Ministry of Public Security and the provincial People’s Committee to investigate the accident and strictly punish any illegal actions that led to the incident.

The Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs was tasked to guide localities to take measures to ensure labour safety, regularly inspect and review construction projects and halt construction of illegal projects. — VNS/SGT