Lift crushed apprentice engineer

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 15 May, 2001, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 15 May, 2001, 12:00am

An apprentice engineer just two weeks away from qualifying was crushed to death by a lift while carrying out a routine check in a Causeway Bay building, an inquest heard yesterday.

Wong Kwok-tung, 21, who was on the verge of finishing his apprenticeship with Ryoden Lift Services, died of traumatic asphyxia at Tang Shiu Kin Hospital, Wan Chai, after being trapped beneath the lift, Coroner Michael Chan Pik-kiu heard.

Wong's supervisor, Yeung Ki-wai, told the coroner he led a team of five to conduct a routine annual check of the lifts at 1 Hysan Avenue on July 18 last year. Wong was assigned the task of inspecting lift No 6.

But Mr Yeung said Wong was crushed by a descending lift as he tried to climb up to the ground floor from the lift pit below, where he had carried out his inspection. He told the court: 'It was dangerous for a member of staff to climb up by himself as he could fall down.'

Mr Yeung added the company had distributed safety instructions for staff on lift inspection procedures.

The inquest was adjourned to Thursday.