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Seven arrested over crane container fall that kills 11
Updated: 2008-11-20 18:25

CHONGQING - Seven people of a construction company, including managers and safety supervisors, have been arrested here in connection with a crane accident that killed 11 workers last month.

The seven allegedly allowed workers to be lifted in a goods container and took no steps to deal with a cable attaching the container to a crane, even though workers had said the cable was dangerous, an official of the procuratorate in Wulong County, Chongqing, said on Thursday.

Eleven construction workers died and 12 others were injured after the container fell at a bridge construction site on October 28 in Wulong.

The steel cable, to which the container was attached, broke and the container plunged to the deck of the bridge.

An investigation by the Wulong procuratorate showed that the local government had issued an order at the beginning of this year, urging the company to stop carrying workers in goods containers. The management failed to comply.

Some workers told the management just three days before the accident that the cable was in dangerous condition. However, the management allegedly took no action, nor did it warn workers of the danger.