One worker killed and two injured in Hong Kong construction site fall

Deceased was working on sixth floor when he was knocked down by colleagues plunging from eighth floor

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 09 March, 2017, 9:27am
UPDATED : Thursday, 09 March, 2017, 5:20pm

A worker died and two others were injured after they plunged from a residential building under construction in Ma On Shan on Wednesday.

Two of the victims, aged 36 and 52, were working on bamboo scaffolding outside the eighth floor of a block at the Seanorama residential estate site on Choi Sha Street when they fell together for an unconfirmed reason at about 11.30am.

One of the men knocked down the third worker, aged 44, working on the sixth floor. He landed on the ground floor with severe head injuries and was taken to Prince of Wales Hospital in Sha Tin, where he was declared dead.

One of the other victims also landed on the ground floor, while the last one was caught on the scaffolding on the first floor.

They were taken to the same hospital, where they were found to be in serious and stable condition respectively.

Their deceased colleague is survived by his wife and daughter, who are on the mainland. The girl is still a toddler.

Police and the Labour Department are investigating whether safety belts were used, and if so, whether the devices were used properly.

The residential development, Seanorama by Cheung Kong Property, comprises three blocks with 454 flats. It is expected to be completed in the second quarter of next year.

Four Hong Kong workers injured in construction site accident

The Labour Department said it was “highly concerned” about the industrial accident and saddened by the death and injury of the workers.

It issued suspension notices for the associated work process. The contractor cannot resume the process until the department is satisfied that measures to abate the relevant risks have been taken.

The department said it would complete an investigation as soon as possible to determine the cause of the accident.