Date
19 October 2017
The worker fell after a six-meter-high platform collapsed at the AIA Great European Carnival in Central. Photos: news.now.com, tvb.com
The worker fell after a six-meter-high platform collapsed at the AIA Great European Carnival in Central. Photos: news.now.com, tvb.com

Worker falls to death while dismantling Central carnival ride

A 27-year-old Filipino worker fell to his death while dismantling a roller coaster at the Central Harbourfront on Wednesday.

Police and labor department officials said initial investigation showed it was an accident as there were no signs of foul play, adding that the victim had a valid work permit.

At around 10 a.m., the worker was dismantling one of the rides at the AIA Great European Carnival when a six-meter-high platform collapsed.

The victim fell and his head hit the ground, rendering him unconscious.

He was rushed to the hospital, but was pronounced dead upon arrival.

A spokesperson said the management team of the AIA Carnival had been cooperating with the police investigation, adding that they have contacted the victim’s family.

The dismantling work would remain suspended until the investigation was completed, the spokesperson added.

The Association for the Rights of Industrial Accident Victims offered condolences to the victim’s family.

It said working on aerial platforms is extremely dangerous, and all workers must exercise great caution.

Four similar incidents have been reported in the last 45 days across Hong Kong, resulting in three deaths and one serious injury, the association said.

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