A crane lorry driver, aged 51, died after he was crushed by his vehicle in a freak accident in Sham Shui Po on Thursday.
According to reports, the man had stopped his vehicle by the roadside and was trying to manoeuver the crane into position when the truck suddenly toppled over and came down on him.
The victim, identified as Ko Wing-fat, was standing on the right side of the vehicle to operate the machine when the accident happened.
As per an Apple Daily account, wooden base plates used for supporting the crane’s legs broke and led to the vehicle falling on the driver.
Ko, who was an experienced crane and industrial machine operator, was hit on his chest and subsequently fell into a coma.
He was rushed to a hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Fellow workers were quoted as saying that Ko, before falling unconscious, complained that he was having difficulty in breathing and that he was feeling immense pain in his chest.
It is believed that the cause of death was due to fracture in his ribcage which punctured internal organs.
The accident took place at around 2 pm after Ko was instructed to move his 30-ton crane truck to Caldecott Road in Sham Shui Po, to help transport a small dredger for the Water Supplies Department (WSD).
A WSD spokesperson was quoted as saying that the department will offer support to Ko’s family.
The site has been sealed off as the WSD, the Labour Department, a consulting firm, and contractors are joining hands to investigate the events.
The Construction Charity Fund has sought a sum of HK$100,000 to help the family.
The Employee’s General Union, meanwhile, has reminded construction bosses to provide a safe working environment for the staff.
Also, the union said it hopes the police can offer more assistance in construction projects by allowing them more road space for a safer operating environment.
Ko’s wife and his 24-year-old son live in Shek Lei Estate in Kwai Chung. Ko’s elder brother died in February from a heart attack, according to HK01.com.
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