At least 74 dead after platform collapses on Chinese construction site

Credit: RTV

At least 74 people have been killed after a scaffolding platform collapsed on a Chinese power plant construction site on Thursday morning.

Two injured workers have also been taken to hospital.

The plant's cooling tower was being built in the city of Fengcheng in the country's south-eastern Jiangxi Province.

The power plant where the incident has taken place. Credit: RTV

The incident took place at around 7.30am local time and rescue and emergency workers are on the scene.

According to local media reports, around 70 people were working at the site.

Rescue workers at the scene. Credit: Reuters

China has suffered a series of major industrial accidents over recent months blamed on corruption, disregard for safety and pressure to boost production amid a slowing economy.

The country has vowed to improve safety on industrial sites, with President Xi Jinping saying authorities would learn the lessons paid for with blood after chemical blasts in the port city of Tianjin killed more than 170 people in August 2015.