Safety shoe prevents driver from losing foot

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 04 November, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 04 November, 2008, 12:00am


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A safety shoe is thought to have saved the foot of a driver after he placed it under the wheel of his fuel truck to stop it rolling forward at a filling station in Kowloon Tong yesterday.

The incident happened after the driver, named Cheung, 46, had unloaded fuel at a Sinopec filling station in Cornwall Street at about 11am. He removed wooden blocks used as wedges under the wheels, police said. The truck, which was on a ramp, started rolling forward after he moved the last wooden block from under the left rear wheel.

A fire officer from Shek Kip Mei fire station said the driver placed his right foot under the wheel to stop it rolling forward. 'The truck stopped rolling forward but his right foot was trapped under the wheel,' the fire officer said.

Filling station workers wedged the wooden blocks under the other wheels and called police. Firemen arrived on the scene within minutes and freed the man.

A fire services officer said it was believed that the driver was wearing safety shoes, which probably saved his foot. The Labour Department said safety shoes should have steel toe caps and be slip-proof.

The driver was taken to Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

The Driving Instructors Association said drivers should follow safety measures when parking on a slope.