Worker dies in seven-floor fall

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 06 December, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 06 December, 2007, 12:00am

A worker fell to his death from scaffolding outside the seventh-floor unit of a residential block in Sha Tin while renewing window frames yesterday - the second fatal industrial accident in the city in two days.

The Labour Department is investigating whether So Wing-kei, 61, was using safety harnesses when he fell.

The man started working alone on the scaffolding outside the seventh-floor flat in Sha Tin Heights on Tai Po Road at about 10am.

According to police, he was responsible for demolishing the old window frames and replacing them.

Shortly before 11am, So was found by a security guard lying unconscious on the ground outside the building. He was later declared dead by paramedics at the scene.

A police spokesman said investigations found nothing suspicious.

'We believe the worker lost his balance and fell,' a police officer said. 'Initial investigations indicate that the worker was not attached to safety harnesses.'

A spokeswoman for the Labour Department said it would look into whether safe work procedures were followed and necessary safety devices had been provided.

It was the second fatal industrial accident in the city in two days. On Tuesday, a worker was crushed to death by a runaway air compressor in Ho Man Tin. The Labour Department is still investigating.

Industrial accidents in Hong Kong killed 13 people in the first six months of the year, compared with 11 in the same period last year.