Many dangers remain on road to recovery

Top News | Charlotte Luo 19 Sep 2018

The typhoon appears to have had a sting in its tail, with three workers injured when clearing collapsed trees in Kwai Chung.

The winds felled the trees beside a swimming pool in Regency Park on Wah King Hill Road. As the trio were clearing the debris, a 1.5-meter fence running along the side of the pool collapsed onto the workers.

The fence was on a slope, police said. The workers had their hands and backs torn by the fence. All were sent to the Princess Margaret Hospital.

A KMB bus on Route 85 hit dangling tree branches near Shan Mei Street in Fo Tan at about 11am.

On Route 93K to Po Lam in Tseung Kwan O, dangling branches broke the windshield of a KMB bus at about 9am.

An hour earlier, another KMB bus on Route 1 hit a tree on Prince Edward Road West as it was making its way to Mong Kok. The windshield of the upper deck was cracked. A passenger notified the driver and the bus was driven to a factory for repair.

A falling branch punctured the top of a Citybus on Route 118 and dropped into its upper deck. A passenger saw a 1.5-meter branch on a seat of the upper desk at 8am. The top of the bus had a gaping hole. The driver took the bus back to the factory.

On First Bus 682 traveling along Chai Wan Road, a 20-year-old passenger was injured when the vehicle hit a tree at about 2pm. Branches fell on the top of the bus and windows on the upper deck were broken. Broken glass cut the man's neck. The driver stopped the bus and called police. The passenger was sent to hospital.

Elsewhere, three KMB buses and a Citybus were damaged by dangling branches. But no one was injured in those incidents.

Meanwhile, a survey found that 20 percent of cleaners who worked for contractors of the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department and Leisure and Cultural Services Department had to work when the observatory hoisted typhoon signals between No 8 and No 10.

Half of those said they did not have adequate equipment to cope with the adverse weather, nor the training required to deal with such situations.

More than half of the respondents were outsourced workers for the hygiene department.

charlotte.luo@singtaonewscorp.com

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