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Six die in Hong Kong lift shaft fall

Six construction workers have fallen to their deaths in an accident at the site of what will will be Hong Kong’s tallest building, officials have confirmed.

The workers fell about 20 storeys to their deaths inside the International Commerce Centre skyscraper when the construction platform they were working on collapsed.

Police spokesman Michael Kwan said all six workers had died after falling from the 30th floor to the 10th floor.

Hong Kong property company Sun Hung Kai, the building’s developer, will pay each of the victims’ families one million Hong Kong dollars (£76,000) over and above normal compensation payments, Hong Kong labour secretary Matthew Cheung told reporters.

When completed next year, the building, in the Kowloon district, will be 118 stories high, making it one of the world’s tallest buildings and the highest in Hong Kong.

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