Nine construction workers die on site in India

Mumbai, Maharashtra Updated: Jul 29, 2016, 11:46 AM(IST)

Labourers work at the site of metro railway flyover under construction in India. Photograph:( Reuters )

Nine labourers fell to their deaths from the 13th floor of a residential tower block under construction in western India on Friday after a concrete slab collapsed, an official said.

Four other construction workers were injured in the accident in the city of Pune, about 120 kilometres (75 miles) from India's financial capital Mumbai.

"Nine workers fell to their death from the 13th floor after the slab collapsed at about 11 am (0530 GMT)," National Disaster Response Force official Sachidanand Gawde told AFP.

Pune police said they had launched an investigation into the incident. Deadly accidents at building sites are relatively common in India and are often blamed on a lack of safety measures.

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