A minimum of 5 employees had been killed within the northern German metropolis of Hamburg on Monday when a scaffolding collapsed at a constructing website, a hearth brigade spokesman mentioned.
Different labourers had been nonetheless regarded as trapped underneath the wreckage from the accident, which occurred shortly after 0800 GMT.
“A number of individuals are buried underneath the scaffolding and are thought of lacking,” the spokesman mentioned. “5 employees died on the scene of the accident.”
Some 70 emergency responders had been on the website looking for to rescue these trapped within the rubble.
“It’s not instantly clear what prompted the scaffolding on the building website to tip over,” the fireplace brigade spokesman mentioned.
The accident occurred in HafenCity, a as soon as scruffy port district that has turn out to be one of many greatest city building tasks in Europe.
The day by day Bild reported that the scaffolding got here down on the Westfield Hamburg-Ueberseequartier, a nascent enterprise, residential and leisure growth that’s to incorporate a significant new cruise ship terminal when it’s accomplished early subsequent 12 months.
The corporate couldn’t instantly be reached for remark.
Bild mentioned the scaffolding in a constructing shaft got here down on no less than eight employees.
The whole building website was evacuated, together with some 700 employees, Bild mentioned.
Police on the scene cordoned off the location with tape and a rescue helicopter and several other ambulances arrived to move injured employees recovered from the wreckage.
Public broadcaster NDR mentioned the employees had fallen from the eighth flooring of a constructing underneath building. It mentioned rescuers had been utilizing heavy gear to clear the rubble and get well different victims.
It quoted a hearth brigade spokesman as saying that the rescue work itself was extremely harmful for the workers on the scene.