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Accidents and personal safety in Hong Kong

Man unconscious after being struck by wooden plank in Langham Place mall in Hong Kong

Incident happened as worker and three colleagues were moving plank to Mong Kok shopping centre’s basement

PUBLISHED : Monday, 04 June, 2018, 1:31pm
UPDATED : Monday, 04 June, 2018, 5:02pm

A worker was knocked unconscious after being hit by a wooden plank in one of Hong Kong’s busiest shopping malls on Monday.

The 36-year-old man was among four workers moving the plank from the ground floor to the basement of Langham Place shopping mall on Argyle Street in Mong Kok just before 11.30am, police said.

“As they were taking an escalator to the basement, the plank hit the ceiling and fell on one of the workers,” a police source said.

The man was knocked unconscious and trapped under the plank, which measured 2.6 metres by 2.3 metres.

It was removed before emergency personnel arrived.

The worker was taken to Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Yau Ma Tei, while still unconscious.

Officers said the plank was among debris from a mall shop under renovation.

At least 18 people were injured in an accident in Langham Place in March 2017, when one of the longest indoor escalators in Hong Kong suddenly stopped and reversed direction.