Steel falls from 90th floor of Taipei 101

Construction on Taipei 101, which will be the world’s tallest building when it is completed, was halted last week after dozens of steel plates fell to earth from the 90th floor of the tower.

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By  Eudore Chand Published  November 27, 2003

Taiwan - Construction on Taipei 101, which will be the world’s tallest building when it is completed, was halted last week after dozens of steel plates fell to earth from the 90th floor of the tower. Eye witnesses reported a thunderous sound as 28 pieces of steel fell 400 m from Taipei 101 into Hsinyi Elementary School. “The sound was enormous, the pupils all heard it, but it was class time so all the children were inside,” said school official Lili Lee in a BBC report. Two passers-by were taken to hospital with slight injuries, according to TVBS cable news, and a taxi driver told the station that at least five objects hit his car. Engineer Lin Pei-yuan said a worker was shifting a cart containing the pieces of steel, up to 30cm long, between the 90th and 91st floors when he lost control. The accident prompted authorities to close a shopping mall attached to the partially constructed skyscraper for safety checks. The mall opened a week ago and was expected to remain closed. Work on the building, due for completion by the end of 2004, was interrupted in March 2002 when a crane fell from the 53rd floor after a strong earthquake, killing four people. When completed, Taipei 101 — with 101 floors and built at a cost of $1.7 billion — will be the world’s tallest building. It will be 508 meters or about 1650 feet high. Dubai, New York and Shanghai are vying to steal the crown of tallest building almost as soon as Taipei 101 is completed.

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