A 58-year-old worker died after being buried alive in coal ash in the CLP Castle Peak Peak power station in Tuen Mun.
The freak accident occurred at about 11:20 a.m. on Tuesday when Cheung Chun-wah was cleaning a giant ash container, Apple Daily reports.
The storage vessel is 25 meters high and 10 meters in diameter and is cleaned every two years.
Cheung was among eight workers who were cleaning the vessel when the ash collapsed on them.
Six of the workers escaped. Another worker who was buried with Cheung survived. One woman worker was taken to hospital.
The Fire Services Department dispatched 66 firemen to the accident site.
It took two hours to extract Cheung’s body after firemen determined it was too dangerous to go in too soon.
The firemen vacuumed the area to clear away the ashes from a small opening, eventually reaching Cheung at 1:23 p.m. He was certified dead on the spot.
Cheung left behind a wife with a brain tumour and a son who takes care of her full time, Ming Pao Daily reports.
CLP Power Hong Kong Ltd. issued a statement to convey its condolences to Cheung’s family.
It said it is investigating and cooperating with the contractor and the Labor Department to look into the cause of the accident.
CLP Workers’ Union chairperson Sze Sang-tai also expressed his sympathy to the family.
He said there are concerns whether suitable safety procedures were in place or adhered to.
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