Accidents and personal safety in Hong Kong

Hong Kong workman, 50, dies after falling from ninth-floor scaffolding in Yau Tong

  • Man landed on first-floor canopy and was later certified dead in hospital
PUBLISHED : Thursday, 27 December, 2018, 5:59pm
UPDATED : Thursday, 27 December, 2018, 5:59pm

A 50-year-old worker died on Thursday after falling from scaffolding outside the ninth floor of a Hong Kong residential building.

Emergency personnel were called at about 1.20pm after the accident at Yau Mei Court on Lei Yue Mun Road in Yau Tong, East Kowloon.

The man, surnamed Yau, had been carrying out repair work to the outer wall, according to police.

“An initial investigation showed the worker accidentally fell from scaffolding and landed on a first-floor canopy,” a police spokesman said.

The workman was taken unconscious to United Christian Hospital in Kwun Tong, where he was certified dead shortly before 2pm.

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Nothing suspicious had been found and the case was classified as an industrial accident, police said.

The government’s Labour Department said it was investigating.

“The department immediately deployed staff to the scene ... and is now conducting an investigation into the cause,” it said in a statement.