HONG KONG, Sept. 13 (UPI) -- Six construction workers died Sunday when an elevator lift in a Hong Kong skyscraper plunged 17 stories, authorities said.
The workers were standing on a platform on the 27 floor when it plunged to the 10th floor of the under-construction International Commerce Center, RTHK, Radio Television Hong Kong reported.
The building, in West Kowloon opposite Hong Kong Island, is to be 118 stories -- the world's fourth tallest building -- when it opens next year.
Sun Hung Kai Properties Ltd., the building's developers, will pay the victims' funeral expenses and give each of their families at least $129,000, Sun Hung vice chairman Thomas Kwok said Sunday.
After visiting the accident scene, Hong Kong's Chief Executive Officer Donald Tsang promised a full investigation and support for the victims' families, RTHK reported.
Deutsche Bank AG and Credit Suisse Group AG have signed leases to move into the building, where the Ritz-Carlton Hotel Co. is to occupy the top floors, the developers' Web site said.