A contractor has been arrested following a deadly scaffolding accident at a housing construction project in Tsuen Wan.
On Wednesday, a bamboo pole fell to the ground at the construction site of Pavilia Bay, a residential complex coming up above MTR’s Tsuen Wan West Station, killing an elderly passer-by.
In the incident took place at about 11 am, a pole broke loose from the scaffolding and crashed to the ground, hitting a 62-year-old man surnamed Choi.
Choi, a retiree who lived in Shek Lei Estate with his wife and children, was walking along the Tsuen Wan promenade on Wing Shun Street when he was struck by the falling object.
According to Apple Daily, he suffered a blow to his head from a 2.5-meter-long pole that suddenly hurtled to the ground.
The impact left him unconscious and bleeding.
An eyewitness called the police, who summoned an ambulance and took the elderly man to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead later.
According to a doctor who treated him, it was an injury on the forehead that killed Choi.
Following the accident, the police arrested a 47-year-old work contractor at the Pavilia Bay site.
Authorities also demanded suspension of the construction work as they carry out an investigation.
Man Cheuk-hei, chief inspector of Tsuen Wan Police District, said the case is being handled by the force’s crime unit.
Investigators are trying to determine if human negligence led to the incident and if there was any violation of the Buildings Ordinance at the construction site.
Pavilia Bay is being jointly developed by New World Development and Vanke Property (Hong Kong).
New World Development said it is looking into the incident.
Chow Luen-kiu, chairman of the Hong Kong Construction Industry Employees General Union, suspects there was some problem in the construction site’s scaffolding, which he considered too narrow.
Meanwhile, some local residents are worried as they have to walk past the construction site everyday to get to the MTR Tsuen Wan West Station.
What’s the guarantee that there won’t be more incidents like the one that happened on Wednesday, Apple Daily quoted a man as saying.
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