Chinese state media say 11 workers were killed and two seriously injured when the cable on an elevator snapped at a construction site in northern China.
The Voice of China radio said the accident occurred early Thursday morning in the Hebei province city of Hengshui.
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It is the latest in a series of industrial accidents this year that have killed scores of workers, underscoring shoddy enforcement of safety regulations and a desire to cut corners as the economy slows.
In March, 78 people were killed in a blast at a chemical plant in the Jiangsu province city of Yancheng that had numerous safety violations, making it one of China's worst industrial accidents in recent years.