Four killed in Hamburg scaffolding collapse

The accident occurred at the HafenCity development in Hamburg’s former port district (Thomas Fries/CC BY-SA 3.0 de)
Four workers were killed on Monday and another was left with life-threatening injuries after scaffolding collapsed at a major building site in the German city of Hamburg.

The incident occurred at around 9am in the central district of HafenCity, billed as Europe’s biggest inner-city urban development scheme.

Hamburg’s fire department said scaffolding collapsed in an elevator shaft over several floors.

In what the department called a “heavy technical rescue operation”, firefighters freed one seriously injured worker, but another four died at the scene.

The effort to recover buried bodies continued into yesterday.

The fire department said yesterday evening that the rescue operation ended after 35 hours when the last body was retrieved.

Germany’s DW reports that the accident happened at the building site of the new Westfield Hamburg-Überseequartier, a commercial, residential and leisure complex that will also include a new cruise ship terminal.

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