Man killed in rock crusher accident at Hong Kong building site

Tony Cheung

Labour chiefs were investigating on Saturday after a man died in an accident involving a rock crusher at a building site in eastern Hong Kong.

Police got a report at about 11.20am that the 31-year-old, who had been working on a platform on the crusher, had got trapped and been injured by the machine’s conveyor belt.

When police and firefighters arrived at the site on Wan Po Road, Tseung Kwan O, they found the man unconscious, having injured his head and other parts of his body. He was taken to Tseung Kwan O Hospital, where he was certified dead.

Police classified the case as an industrial accident, as there was nothing suspicious about it.

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In a statement, the Labour Department said it sent staff to the scene once it heard about the accident, and was still investigating the cause.

There were about 4,700 industrial accidents in Hong Kong in the first half of last year, a 7 per cent decrease compared with the first half of 2018. Of those, 11 were fatal, up on seven during the first half of 2018.

In December 2016, a factory worker died after similarly being trapped by a conveyor belt. And in March 2018, a warehouse worker was killed when he got trapped between cargo on a powered conveying system and a closed metal door.

After both accidents, the Labour Department reminded employers to provide and maintain a safe working environment. Suggested measures included appointing professionals to conduct risk assessments of the site, and fencing off dangerous parts and zones where moving parts are exposed.

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