Date
30 May 2017
Tsang Pui-bun is carried by paramedics after a truck-mounted crane collapsed, causing serous injuries. He later died in hospital. Photos: Metro Daily, Sing Pao
Tsang Pui-bun is carried by paramedics after a truck-mounted crane collapsed, causing serous injuries. He later died in hospital. Photos: Metro Daily, Sing Pao

Crane kills second victim in 15 months

A truck-mounted crane collapsed and crushed its driver Tuesday, slightly more than a year after it killed its owner in a freak accident.

Tsang Pui-bun, 49, later died from his injuries, Apple Daily reports.

In June last year, the crane’s 57-year-old owner, Yim To-man, was killed when its retractable arm came loose and fell on him.

Police said the crane was still registered under Yim and could have been operating illegally using the documents of a dead person.

Tsang, an experienced cross-border crane driver, was pinned to the side of the truck after the front section of the crane collapsed.

The incident happened near the Lok Ma Chau border, about seven kilometers from the Sheung Shui car park where Yim was killed.

Tsang was seriously injured and was rushed to hopsital where he died 30 minutes later. 

A Transport Department spokesman said a High Court order is required to transfer the operating license of a vehicle from a dead person to related parties.

The department is working with the police to determine if the crane had been operating without a proper license.

The crane was first registered in October 1997.

Chow Luen-kiu, chairman of the Hong Kong Construction Industry Employees General Union, said the authorities should regulate cranes that have been in operation for a certain number of years.

“Did anyone look into the 18-year-old crane after it caused a death last year?” Chow said.

He said there might be loopholes in the Transport Department’s licensing regime.

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