17/07/2016 15:45 BST

China Elevator Accident Sees 8 People Die In Horrific Plunge

There were no survivors.

Eight people have died after an elevator on a Chinese construction site fell 18 storeys.

The lift was being used to help build a new apartment building in the city of Longkou in the north-eastern Shandong province.

The victims were taken to hospital but were all later pronounced dead.

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Buildings in construction are seen among mist during a hazy day in Rizhao, Shandong province, China, October 18, 2015.

China has a poor building safety record as contractors often take short cuts and ignore regulations in order to reduce costs.  

Earlier this year a woman was found dead in a lift that had been wrongly switched off by maintenance engineers in the Chinese city of Xi’an.

Her body was found 30 days later.

Local media reported there were scratches on the walls of the lift.

Another resident said: “The scene was inhumane. We think she starved to death in there.”