Canopy falls, crushing man's leg

PUBLISHED : Friday, 10 June, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 10 June, 2011, 12:00am


A man was seriously injured when a large concrete canopy broke off a wall and plunged on to the outdoor portion of a shop in Tuen Mun yesterday.

The 40-metre by two-metre concrete slab fell off the Winfield Industrial Building in Kin Kwan Street, crushing the man's leg and three vehicles.

The Buildings Department has launched an investigation.

Shortly before 6pm, the owner of the small shop was chatting with friends in the street, including the 41-year-old victim when he heard 'strange sounds' above them.

The canopy did not fall immediately, so most of the group had time to flee.

'The group of people bought their drinks and chatted,' the shop owner said. 'The [injured] man also got a drink and walked out of the shop and joined the chat. And suddenly there were sounds, and it started to fall. I yelled 'run', and all of us managed to run away, but the man seemed to be unable to escape and he was crushed.'

Firemen needed more than 30 minutes to free the man from the debris. He was taken to Tuen Mun Hospital, where he was in a stable condition.

Firemen searched with life-detection equipment and sniffer dogs to make sure no one else was trapped under the debris.