Residents of a neighborhood in Tsuen Wan said on Wednesday that they were shocked to find a man working outside a window on a high floor at an industrial building without any safety harness.
According to news website hk01.com, people were aghast as they saw a bare-torsoed worker perched on a narrow ledge beneath the window of a 10th floor unit without any protective gear.
There were fears that the man could fall off and hurt himself seriously, in the incident that took place at around 3 pm at Winner Godown Building.
Police officers and firemen were called to the scene to prevent an accident.
Witnesses said they were dumbstruck as the worker had no safety harness or any other equipment to keep him in balance as he was seeking to make his way back into the building through a window.
According to the report, the man had been hired to dismantle a glass window in order to facilitate the installation of an air conditioner.
As he looked down from the ledge outside the window, passersby could do nothing but hold their breath.
The worker failed in an initial attempt to leap back into the building through the window, causing witnesses to scream aloud.
However, to the relief of everyone, the man succeeded in a second attempt.
Police and firemen then gathered with the man inside the building, warning him not to do any such work in the future without safety equipment.
Chow Luen-kiu, chairman of the Hong Kong Construction Industry Employees General Union, pointed out that the law requires workers who perform jobs from a height to use a platform strong enough to support them and also wear a proper harness.
A worker can refuse to perform a job if his employer fails to provide him the necessary protective gear, he said, adding that workers can file complaints with the union or the Labour Department.
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