Four workers killed as scaffolding falls down lift shaft at building site

Emergency services at the scene (Bodo Marks/dpa via AP)
Emergency services at the scene (Bodo Marks/dpa via AP)

Four Bulgarian construction workers died when scaffolding fell down a lift shaft at a building site in Hamburg and another suffered life-threatening injuries, German authorities have said.

There was no immediate word on why the scaffolding collapsed from the eighth floor, German news agency dpa reported.

The fire service said there was no longer anyone missing.

Recovery workers spent hours sifting through and removing debris piled up over several floors.

The city government said the victims were Bulgarian nationals.

The accident happened in the Ueberseequartier, part of the port city’s HafenCity district on the Elbe River that is being redeveloped with office and residential buildings, hotels and shops.