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Tue Sep 24, 2019, 06:45 PM

Scaffold collapse in Argentine airport terminal leaves at least one dead and 13 injured

At least one worker was killed and 13 more were injured in Argentina when scaffolding in an airport terminal under construction collapsed this afternoon.

The collapse took place at 4:20 p.m. when a scissor lift snagged scaffolding in a new departures terminal at Pistarini International Airport, in the Buenos Aires suburb of Ezeiza.

The airport, the nation's second busiest, handled around 11 million passengers last year - including most of Argentina's airbound international visitors.

A number of the 100 workers at the site reported that work on the terminal, originally scheduled for completion on December 31, was being rushed by foremen.

"They had told us to finish the work by September 15," José, who works at the site, told C5N cable news host Antonio Fernández Llorente.

"But there was no way... and they were now telling us to finish by September 30 or we'd lose our jobs." Other workers at the site agreed.

Elections and deadlines

The date coincides with the beginning of the electoral ban period on public works inaugurals by officeholders - which extends 4 weeks before a federal election.

President Mauricio Macri, currently in New York for talks with the IMF over a stalled, $5.4 billion loan disbursement - part of a record, $57 billion bailout - was set to unveil the new terminal on that date.

The country's leading construction workers' union, UOCRA, filed a complaint at the Labor Secretariat - demoted from a cabinet-level ministry by Macri last year - against the subcontractor involved, Foste S.A., for repeated labor code violations.

The firm was established in December 2015 - just days after Macri took office.

These violations had already resulted in a suspension order by the Buenos Aires Province Labor Ministry on September 13 - but work resumed when, on September 16, Transport Minister Guillermo Dietrich visited the site.

Federal Judge Federico Villena ordered a federal probe into the accident. The firm that subcontracted Foste S.A., Caputo S.A. - a leading state contractor owned until last year by Macri's best friend, Nicolás Caputo - was also listed in the probe.

Polls show Macri losing the October 27 elections by at least 20% amid Argentina's sharpest recession since the 2001-02 collapse.

At: https://translate.google.com/translate?hl=en&tab=wT&sl=es&tl=en&u=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.politicargentina.com%2Fnotas%2F201909%2F30621-derrumbe-en-el-aeropuerto-de-ezeiza-un-muerto-y-heridos-en-una-obra-que-el-gobierno-prometia-para-el-mes-pasado.html

First responders arriving at the scene of today's scaffold collapse in a new airport terminal under construction.

At least one death (up to three) and 13 injuries have been reported.

Workers reported being rushed to complete the terminal by September 30 - the last day before which public officials are, by law, barred from inaugurating public works 4 weeks before a federal election.

President Mauricio Macri, currently in New York seeking a $5.4 billion IMF loan, had planned on unveiling the new terminal on that date.

Amid the worst crisis in two decades, he trails his center-left challenger, Alberto Fernández, by over 20% in most polls.

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Judi Lynn Sep 25 #1
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Wed Sep 25, 2019, 04:03 AM

1. Greed, and dishonesty. What a shame those paying for Macri & Co.'s crimes are not Macri & friends.

With so little regard for human beings, they are happy to spend the lives and futures of complete strangers unlucky enough to be within their spheres of influence.

People work in construction because they have no other means of support. They don't do it because they are dare devils, or thrill seekers. They are poor, and can only survive through their labor.

What a senseless and brutal shame. All done by people who have no business being in their positions, because they are dirty and self-serving.


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Response to Judi Lynn (Reply #1)

Wed Sep 25, 2019, 06:12 AM

2. As Napoleon might put it: 'dress me slowly, for I'm in a hurry'

And what's the rush? Why put workers through the stress and danger of being forced to rush through a construction job?

He has to be pretty clueless to think that, with the Herbert Hoover-like collapse he's subjecting voters to, getting in a photo-op at some airport terminal ribbon cutting will make any difference.

But I guess you have to be, to be such a good Trump friend.

Macri of all people should know he's through - no matter how many campaign appearances he makes. All the more so after what just happened.

I'm just glad Cheeto hasn't taken it into his head to start rushing construction workers for the sake of some photo-op.


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