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Workers killed in 25-storey plunge

Ten construction workers plunged 25 storeys to their death after a platform lift collapsed at a building site in the Philippine capital, officials have said.

The workers were installing glass windows on a high-rise building in Makati city, Manila, when the platform gave way, sending them tumbling down from the 32nd to the seventh floor, said mayor Junjun Binay.

Police and rescue officials said 10 workers were killed and one worker was in a critical condition, but it was not immediately clear how many were on the platform.

Building owner Eton Properties Philippines said the workers were employees of its glass contractor and were on a break at the time of the accident.

The workers took the platform to go up the 39-storey building "instead of taking the stairs", the statement said.

"Since the platform can only carry a few workers, the cable snapped," it said, adding that the company has ordered a review of the safety regulations of its subcontractors and construction management.

The company's website describes Eton as the global real estate arm of the Lucio Tan Group and a sister company of the Philippine National Bank and Philippine Airlines.

It says the company also has operations in Beijing, Hong Kong and Shanghai.

Mr Binay ordered construction at the site to be halted "until we are sure that the workers there are safe".

The Philippines, particularly Manila, has been experiencing a construction boom since last year, boosted by low interest rates, an influx of foreign money and the need for more office space to accommodate the country's growing outsourcing industry.

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