New World Development

Repair worker dies day after falling into Hong Kong lift shaft

Firefighters rescued the man on Friday night. He was taken to hospital, but later succumbed to his injuries

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 11 November, 2017, 11:12pm
UPDATED : Sunday, 12 November, 2017, 10:49am

A worker who got trapped in a lift shaft on a Tsim Sha Tsui construction site died on Saturday night after fighting for his life for 24 hours.

The 49-year-old man was called to repair a lift in the New World Centre’s redevelopment site on Salisbury Road on Friday.

At around 6pm, he fell down the lift shaft from four metres up. Firefighters were called in and tried to rescue him.

He was carried from the site two hours later and taken unconscious to Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Yau Ma Tei. He was certified dead at about 8pm on Saturday.

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Chow Luen-kiu, chairman of the Hong Kong Construction Industry Employees General Union, told local media that the victim suffered from excessive bleeding and his heart had stopped. Doctors had to remove the victim’s right leg.

Chow said the union and the New World Construction Company had sent representatives to hospital and had stayed in close contact with the man’s family.

Police said they had not found any suspicious elements in the case and believed it was an accident.