Fatal Crawler Crane Accident In Hong Kong

Cranepedia has received some photos of a crawler crane accident that seems to have happened in Hong Kong. From the reaction from the workers on the ground, it seems that the accident has happened when the photo was being taken.

The cabin of the Kobelco crane was crushed by the ball hook of the crane which you can see blood stains from the photo on the right.

So far to our information, the crane was working during the accident and the operator was being crushed by the ball hook when it falls into the operators cabin.

Updated on 11 April 2015.

The operator Wu Ka-fai, 62, was operating his crawler crane at the Pearl River bridge construction site, near the River Trade Terminal, Tuen Mun, Hong Kong.

The Department of Labour sent inspectors to the site to investigate the incident, and the secretary for Labour and Welfare, Matthew Cheung Kin-chung, issued a statement confirming that the department has suspended work at the site while the investigation is carried out.

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2 thoughts on “Fatal Crawler Crane Accident In Hong Kong”

  1. Have a friend runs tower and luppers in Toronto Canada. Some of the stories I’ve heard left me speechless. After working in Forensic IT, I have a BSc, in Mechanical Engineering. We were always told crane accidents and mechanical failures. Murphy will make sure “Accidents” are rare. My friend is running a Lieber tower 70 stories up with a 250 ft. boom, not a toy. I worry about him allot. Dreading the call somethings happened. One more thing, ACCIDENTS DON’T EXIST!!! ALWAYS NEGLEGENCE OR LACK OF KNOWLEDGE OR TRAINING!!!!!!!

    • That is really true. Mechanical failures is one of the factors of crane accident, but most of the time, human errors are the main cause. This also boils down to the site preparation and proper planning during lifting. Many of the people are not aware of these until an accident really happen.


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