Elevator Plunges 32 Stories, Kills 10

Turkey investigating horrific accident at Istanbul construction site
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Sep 7, 2014 8:57 AM CDT
Elevator Plunges 32 Stories, Kills 10
Ten Turkish workers were killed when a lift fell from the 32nd story of a building and crashed to the ground at a central Istanbul construction site.   (World News Times)

An elevator has plunged 32 stories at a construction site in Istanbul, killing 10 people. Istanbul's governor, Huseyin Avni Mutlu, said eight people have been detained and that an investigation has been launched into the incident that occurred yesterday. Mutlu said: "The laws are clear. If anyone is not abiding by these laws, they will be held accountable."

Labor unions were organizing a demonstration in Istanbul today to protest problems with worker safety in the country. The workplace accident comes four months after 301 miners were killed following an explosion and a fire at a coal mine in western Turkey. Turkey's worst mining disaster set off protests against what was perceived as official laxity and corruption and raised questions over the implementation of safety standards. (More Istanbul stories.)

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