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Typhoon Mangkhut

Three Hong Kong workers injured by falling fence while removing trees toppled by Typhoon Mangkhut

Victims were among 8,000 workers deployed to clear 1,500 trees uprooted during storm

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 18 September, 2018, 12:13pm
UPDATED : Tuesday, 18 September, 2018, 4:00pm

Three workers were injured on Tuesday when a fence fell on them as they were removing trees uprooted by Typhoon Mangkhut in Hong Kong.

The trio, who were among more than 8,000 workers deployed around the clock to clear the 1,500 trees toppled in the storm on Sunday, were working on a slope near Regency Park private housing estate on Wah King Hill Road, Kwai Chung, when the incident happened at about 10.50am.

“Initial information showed a 1.5-metre-tall and 3-metre-wide fence fell on the workers when they were removing collapsed trees on the slope,” a police source said.

He said the three suffered minor injuries and were taken conscious to Princess Margaret Hospital for treatment.

Police are treating the case as an industrial accident. The Labour Department has been alerted.

Mangkhut hit Hong Kong on Sunday, with the typhoon signal No 10 in force for 10 hours.

The storm was the most intense the city has faced in its history. The 1,500 toppled trees in Mangkhut’s wake, along with other storm-related debris, have blocked more than 1,000 roads across Hong Kong.