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Three dead in Hong Kong crane collapse

After a crane fell on a Hong Kong construction site, three workers died and six more were injured.

The crane landed on a number cargo containers that were being used as temporary offices.

Yim Yingkit, a fire official, stated that some workers were inside the containers when the crane fell shortly before 11 AM local time (4AM BST) Wednesday.

Authorities said that one man died at the Kowloon site after suffering a skull injury. Another man died in hospital.


Rescue teams spent hours trying desperately to reach the third man trapped beneath the wreckage. However, their efforts were futile.

According to reports, the crane measured 30m high with a 35-metre-long arm. It weighed 65 tons.

According to Mr Yim, it was still in use when it fell but was not carrying any loads.

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According to the South China Morning Post, the accident scene was located on a construction site for a subsidised housing project. It was aiming to build 19,000 homes.

Chris Sun, Secretary for Labour and Welfare has ordered that work be stopped at the site.

John Lee, a leader in Hong Kong, stated that the Labour Department would investigate and inspect crane-equipped construction sites to ensure they meet safety standards.


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