Mobile crane accidents leave five injured

Local | Jane Cheung 10 Oct 2019

Two accidents involving mobile cranes occurred within the space of eight hours yesterday morning and left five people injured.

The first was at 2am when a 56-year-old worker was thrown to the ground from an elevated work station of a mobile crane after it was hit by a double-decker New World First Bus in Chai Wan - a mishap that led to the arrest of the bus driver.

The worker, named Tam, was involved in a painting job under a footbridge spanning Chai Wan Road near Salesian School.

The impact led to Tam falling five meters and losing consciousness.

Paramedics rushed Tam to hospital, where he regained consciousness after treatment. But he remained in a serious condition last night.

The crane vehicle was parked in the slow lane with its arm extended over the middle lane when it was hit by the route N8 bus heading toward Chai Wan.

A front window on the upper deck was shattered, leaving a 38-year-old man and a 22-year-old woman with hand injuries.

The 59-year-old bus driver, named Siu, was arrested for dangerous driving causing grievous bodily harm.

He was released on bail and must report to police in November.

The footbridge has seen a full share of action, having been hit by a crane last January.

Repair works was completed a few months ago and workers were repainting the bridge yesterday as the final step.

The other accident occurred at 10am when a mobile unit in South Horizons in Southern District toppled sideways to its left.

But the vehicle did not slam to the ground as its fall was arrested by the extended arm of the crane being caught on the first-floor podium of an adjacent building.

Two workers, Lam, 62 and Lo, 61, who had been in the carrier at the end of the crane's arm, fell and suffered injuries to their arms, shoulders, torsos and hips.


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