Worker dies after skip falls from truck and crushes him near Tai Tam Reservoir

Colleagues freed the man from underneath the container before paramedics took him to hospital

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 21 January, 2017, 1:23pm
UPDATED : Saturday, 21 January, 2017, 6:34pm

A worker has died after a skip which was being lowered from a truck fell and crushed him while he worked to replace water pipes close to Tai Tam Reservoir.

The 59-year-old victim, surname Ngai, was hit by the parked vehicle’s rear cargo container just outside a car park on Tai Tam Reservoir Road at about 9am on Saturday morning and left with serious injuries, a spokeswoman for Hong Kong Police said.

His colleagues freed him from underneath the container before paramedics and firefighters arrived at the site near Hong Kong Parkview estate, she said.

The victim was then taken to Ruttonjee Hospital by ambulance, where he was later declared dead.

Workers have recently been replacing water pipes at the site, which is situated on the border of Tai Tam Country Park, an area popular with hikers.

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Further details about how the accident occurred were not immediately available, but police said there were “no suspicious circumstances”. A police cordon remained at the scene this morning while officers continued their investigations. The victim’s family has been informed of his death, according to local media.

A spokeswoman for the Association for the Rights of Industrial Accident Victims said its representatives had made contact with the victim’s family.

The government’s Labour Department, which investigates industrial accidents, has been contacted for comment.

The Tai Tam reservoirs are managed by the Water Supplies Department of the Hong Kong Government. They are surrounded by Mount Butler and Mount Parker.

The Tai Tam Waterworks Heritage trail was launched by the government in autumn 2009 to educate people about the history of the reservoir system.