Date
24 March 2017
Noranin was bought back to shore (inset) about 20 minutes after he fell into the sea from the 
Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge, which is under construction. Photos: Bloomberg, news.now.com
Noranin was bought back to shore (inset) about 20 minutes after he fell into the sea from the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge, which is under construction. Photos: Bloomberg, news.now.com

Foreign worker on bridge project dies after falling into sea

A foreign worker hired to help build the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge drowned Saturday after a broken fence dragged him into the sea, Apple Daily reported.

Eight workers have now died since construction of the bridge began in 2011. 

Noranin, 35, came to Hong Kong from Thailand under the Labor Department’s Supplementary Labor Scheme.

Police investigation revealed that the accident happened at the artificial island that links Tuen Mun and Chek Lap Kok as part of the bridge at about 10:50 a.m. Saturday when he was setting up a 15-meter-high platform for work.

Noranin tethered himself to a fence with a safety belt and wore a life jacket.

A crane that was transporting aluminum frames accidentally rammed and severed the fence, which caused him to fall into the sea.

His co-workers were not aware of the accident until about 20 minutes later.

They jumped into the sea and brought him back to shore.

CPR failed to resuscitate him.

Noranin was sent to North Lantau Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Police found nothing suspicious at the scene.

His employer called his family in Thailand and asked them to come to Hong Kong to wrap up his affairs.

The Labor Department and the Hong Kong Construction Industry Employees General Union have promised to look into the accident.

Noranin was protected by Hong Kong’s labor legislation despite being a foreign worker, Chan Kam-hong, director general of the Association for the Rights of Industrial Accident Victims, said.

Chan said compensation for his death will have to await a court ruling.

Secretary for Labor and Welfare Matthew Cheung Kin-chung was quoted as saying that a total of 149 industrial safety accidents have occurred during construction of the bridge.

Cheung stressed that his department has strengthened regulatory efforts and increased inspections in the past few years.

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