Police arrested a renovation worker after the frame of a work platform he was using fell off and killed a 63-year-old woman in Tsing Yi.
The incident took place outside the Mayfair shopping mall in Mayfair Gardens, a private housing estate, at around 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports.
After receiving a report about a person being hit by a metal object, police officers rushed to the scene and saw a woman lying unconscious on the podium outside the mall with serious head injuries.
The victim was sent to Yan Chai Hospital, where she was pronounced dead at 2.59 p.m.
Police said an iron frame falling from a flat at Block 7 of Mayfair Gardens, which is situated opposite the mall, and hit the victim right in the head.
Initial investigation showed that a 31-year-old worker was doing decoration work on the external wall of the flat in question, and the iron bracket of the platform he was standing on broke loose and plunged from the building. He was arrested late Tuesday night for manslaughter.
The victim, who lived in the nearby housing estate Ching Wah Court, was taking her 11-year-old grandson home from school and walking past the mall when she was hit by the falling frame, a source said.
Post-mortem examinations will be conducted to ascertain the cause of her death. The District Crime Squad of Kwai Tsing District is handling the case.
A shop keeper at the mall said she has seen objects falling from height in front of the mall in recent months, including glass, glass bottles and paper boxes, but she has received no response after informing the mall management about such cases.
A service center for Mayfair Gardens expressed sorrow for the latest incident, adding that it always reminds residents and renovation companies to ensure safety measures are well in place when workers perform their jobs.
The Buildings Department said it would follow up on the case to confirm if there was any violation of the Buildings Ordinance.
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