Date
24 January 2017
This Hong Kong version of, ahem, Spider-Man made a Horizon Suites resident nervous all day. Photos: Apple Daily, Google Map
This Hong Kong version of, ahem, Spider-Man made a Horizon Suites resident nervous all day. Photos: Apple Daily, Google Map

Only Spider-Man can do this? Think again

Look again at the photo.

If you think this reminds you of Spider-Man, imagine what it must have looked like to a woman who saw the man outside her window.

Terrifying, she told Apple Daily. The sight also made her nervous all day.

The woman, surnamed Wong, came upon the cliffhanger when she looked out of her Horizon Suites apartment in Ma On Shan.  

A man perched on a pair of thin, disused air-conditioner brackets appeared to be drilling something into the wall outside a flat on the 10th floor.

He had no safety harness, only a piece of string tied to his body and to a beam on the other end, and he seemed to be propped by nothing more than a vise-like grip on an air-conditioner support.

The man appeared to be doing some repairs on the external wall, suggesting he might have had to spend a long time in such a precarious situation.

It was too much for Wong who stepped away after taking photos.

She said she kept thinking what could happen if the man made the slightest mistake.   

Chan Kam-hong of the Association for the Rights of Industrial Accident Victims was equally horrified when he was shown the photos.

He said such a cavalier approach to safety is ridiculous.

It is also illegal.

By law, workers who do a job from a height are required to use a platform strong enough to support them and wear a proper harness.

Chang said air-con brackets are not meant to support the weight of an adult and a piece of string is no way to ensure safety.

Spider-Man needs no such things.

He climbs walls and leaps between buildings on nothing but a gooey, sticky web that deploys with a wave of a hand.

But that’s only in movies.   

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