Two workers killed after crane falls at airport in Ukraine’s Kharkov

Two workers died after a crane fell down during reconstruction works of an old airport building in Ukraine’s city of Kharkov, the country’s Unian news agency reported.

Airport’s press service said that all safety regulations were observed during the operation of the crane and it fell down after a strong gust of wind.

Ukraine has been intensively constructing new and reconstructing old key facilities ahead of the 2012 Euro Cup, which the country will jointly hold with Poland. The matches in Ukraine will be played in Kiev, Lvov, Kharkov and Donetsk.

According to statistics, about 15 people died in various accidents during construction of facilities for the European championship in Ukraine.

UEFA, European football’s governing body, has consistently expressed concern over the pace of Ukraine’s preparations for the Euro 2012 tournament. The stadiums in Kiev and Lvov are still under construction and the Ukrainian capital was only confirmed as the venue for the final in December last year, seven months after UEFA signed off on all four Polish host cities.

Besides the more rapid construction of sports facilities, UEFA has said Ukraine must improve its roads, and ensure sufficient accommodation for tournament guests and the proper operation of airports.


KIEV, April 10 (RIA Novosti)

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