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2 dead, 3 injured after steel beams fall at Tokyo construction site

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3RENSHO

It is better NOT to take on a job working at a construction site in this country...

There are construction accidents in all countries and Japan isn't any worse than any other. Construction and farming are the most dangerous jobs and mining if they have that.

Even office workers sitting behind a desk all day get stressed and have heart attacks.

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Horrible. I hope their families are well taken care of financially. This shouldn't happen.

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Having worked in construction in the past these tragic accidents really hit me. If it was the fault of the company they need a hefty fine and the families and victims enough compensation to cover their loss.

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Horrible news. My sympathies to the families of the men who died and hope the injured make a full recovery. As the story mentioned there have been several deadly construction site accidents in the past few years or so. Construction companies must do more to ensure safety, training and supervision at these work sites.

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51 floor condominium housing in Otemachi.

RIP to the guys that fallen down from a very high height.

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Wallace

Construction and farming are the most dangerous jobs and mining if they have that.

Fishing has the highest fatality rate of all industries, globally, and Japan is a major fishing nation.

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Most people here have literally no idea...

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@3rensho

Could you clarify your comment? On what information do you base this on?

I can walk on the street and be run over, I can fall from the stairs and break my neck.

I can drop chemicals on my work and die.

Should all stop doing those things as well.

On topic.

My condolences to do family and friends.

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and and... these guys should be far more appreciated than they are in JP.

RIP to these guys and my heart goes out to their families. I often take a moment to appreciate the safety and quality of life men like them bring to me every day.

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@tamanegi The definition of an accident is an UNPLANNED EVENT!! What makes you think that the companies are at fault. How do you not know that perhaps the workers was performing a task out side of what the procedure calls for. Ask yourself how many times have you came to a stop sign on a road and you stopped completely? Have you ever heard of "HUMAN ERROR"?

Horrible news. My sympathies to the families of the men who died and hope the injured make a full recovery. As the story mentioned there have been several deadly construction site accidents in the past few years or so. Construction companies must do more to ensure safety, training and supervision at these work sites.

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TrevorPeaceToday  06:38 pm JST

The story says a 15-ton beam collapsed. Before blaming the construction company, ask these two questions: Where did the beam come from? Who made it?

A 15 ton beam does not collapse, it falls. There is not enough information here to do anything more than speculate but I would bet that the slinger didn't secure the beam properly and it slipped whilst being hoisted and knocked other beams down before they were properly secured or, chains/wire ropes failed. Who knows?

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Death by beam. What a sad way to go I hope they have got insurance.

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Condolences to the families of the loved ones lost. Hopefully the investigation will reveal the cause and prevent such deaths from occurring again for the same reason. Rigging and lifting heavy objects is a critical task and fall protection is another area that needs to be addressed on all construction sites.

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Tragic and shocking news to read.

Hearts out to the families, friends and colleagues of all affected. RIP.

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It is better NOT to take on a job working at a construction site in this country...

Construction accidents happen all over the world..

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I watched an alarming video the other day about the number of deaths on building sites around the world, the numbers are staggering. Also it said that the suicide rates of construction workers is also one of the highest, alongside farming. I sincerely hope that the families of these dead workers are fully taken care of as they should be and that an inquiry is set up to find out what went wrong.

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I have an irrational fear of this happening while I walk by one of these huge construction sites

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Saddened for the Families involved.

Now, the building once completed will be tainted as being cursed, so presumably we will see various "Priests" being summoned to chase away any Demons .

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In japan, the work safety procedures need a serious review and improvement. Sometimes companies have procedures for the sake of having them, or to protect itself agains law suits, but practice is not there. Sorry for the people and their families.

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Re William Blake.

Why on earth was a simple verified statistic downthumbed?

Not convenient?

gary

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Here, where I am, in an “Undisclosed Location” in the Middle East, a construction worker recently died from being crushed by a Back How, likely because he was down in the pit while it was moving / in operation.

People die. Sometimes when they shouldn’t.

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How the hell do those cranes stay upright?

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Workplace health and safety is very relaxed in Japan

So long as they pay lip service with one of those anzen daiichi flags

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I hope they can find safer ways of building such structures . . . . Does using more beams of smaller size placed closer together make more sense than using one large beam? . . . .

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There are construction accidents in all countries and Japan isn't any worse than any other.

I've worked in construction both here in JP and and the western country I was raised in. It's fair to say that conditions and expectations (and salaries!) here in JP are ABYSMAL in comparison. Just a fact.

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The story says a 15-ton beam collapsed. Before blaming the construction company, ask these two questions: Where did the beam come from? Who made it?

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Fatalities on construction sites happen quite often in Japan. Workplace health and safety is very relaxed in Japan

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How much does a construction worker make in Japan

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They’re not enough space in Tokyo and they want to bring in more population by building a big high and tight skyscraper. They need to spread out poor Tokyo is too overcrowded can’t relax

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It is better NOT to take on a job working at a construction site in this country...

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