Three men, aged between 23 and 49, died on Monday after an underground tunnel where they were doing some tunneling work got flooded due to a burst sewer pipe.
The accident took place under the junction of Gillies Avenue South and Baker Street in Hung Hom at about 2.30 pm, as the men were working for a CLP underground cable project.
According to the contractor, the tunnel was flooded suddenly, leaving the workers with insufficient time to make their way out.
The workers were said to have entered the tunnel through a manhole.
It took firemen about 10 minutes to pull out two of them, who were sent to a hospital where they were pronounced dead.
A third man was found dead inside the tunnel two hours later.
All of them were allegedly not wearing safety gear when the flood hit the tunnel.
Paying his condolences to the family members of the dead, Secretary for Labour and Welfare Law Chi-kwong promised an investigation into the accident and determine if there was a case of human negligence.
CLP has ordered suspension of all work related to the project, as well as similar activities.
The company’s labor union described the accident as totally unacceptable.
In an earlier incident, a worker died in February this year after being buried alive in coal ash in the CLP Castle Peak power station in Tuen Mun.
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