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Fatality after twenty-sixth floor fall from scaffolding in Hong Kong

January 29th, 2019

A fatal scaffolding fall in Hong Kong has prompted an investigation into the appropriateness safety gear in use at the time of the incident.

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The accident occurred early on Wednesday 9th January in East Kowloon, Hong Kong, which saw the worker sadly fall 26 floors from scaffolding he was working on. The scaffold had been erected to carry out repairs on a residential building. The worker was taken to hospital but was sadly pronounced dead a short while later.

Occupational safety officers from Hong Kong’s Labour Department, attended the scene following the incident, and have since commenced an investigation into the cause of the fall.

This is the second fatality to occur in Hong Kong in the space of two weeks, following the death of a worker who had fallen nine floors from scaffolding in Yau Tong on 27th December. Reports state that the victim fell from the scaffolding and landed on the first-floor canopy, he was pronounced dead upon his arrival at hospital.

With investigations ongoing for both incidents, there are early reports that personal fall protection equipment (PFPE) had not been in use at the time of the accident on 9th January. Not only is the use of PFPE vital when working at height, but so is the proper use of said equipment, to ensure that it sufficiently protects workers.

The Simian International team have significant experience of supporting businesses across the world to improve their scaffolding safety standards, bringing them in line with UK standards, which are recognised worldwide. If you would like to benefit from the support of safety experts, through training, supervision, consultancy or inspection, please contact Simian International today on 00 971 43 695 067.

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