Falling metal bars kill bridge worker, injure 15 others
Clifford Lo and Lai Ying-kit
A worker was killed and 15 others injured – two seriously – when they were hit by falling metal bars at a construction site for the massive bridge across the Pearl River estuary on Thursday morning.
The men were struck by a bundle of metal bars that broke free as a crane lifted them at about 10.30am, the Fire Services Department and police said.
The construction site for the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge project is an artificial island just east of Chek Lap Kok airport.
Fire Services Department said two of the injured men were unconscious and the 15 were taken to three different hospitals. One was later declared dead at Princess Margaret Hospital.
Rescuers from the Marine police and fire officers searched the debris, but found no workers were buried under the rubble, according to the Fire Services Department.
A fleet of fire engines and ambulances were dispatched to the Tung Chung New Development Pier on Lantau, where the injured men were brought to shore.
Construction work was halted at the site after the accident, and the Labour Department was investigating the cause of the incident, officers said.