An industrial accident occurred in a factory making Chinese candy in Tsuen Wan.
Today (16th) at around 8 am, the police received a report from an employee of an industrial building at No. 45 Sha Tsui Road, alleging that a woman had an accident while operating a candy making machine and was caught in the machine.
The police and ambulancemen arrived at the scene after receiving the report. The woman surnamed Bu (64 years old) was unconscious. She was accompanied by her workers and sent to Yan Chai Hospital for emergency treatment, but she died in the end.
It is reported that the deceased had four children, all of whom were adults, and one of the children was the person in charge of the factory, so the deceased occasionally went to the site to help, but was not an employee of the site.
She has been feeling unwell recently.
The site is a factory building for making Chinese-style candy. There are red dates, walnuts, maltose and other materials in the factory.
At the time of the incident, the female victim suspected she slipped and fell into the machine while operating a sugar churn machine over two feet high as usual, and was rescued by the fire department.
The police are investigating the physical condition of the female victim before she fell into the sugar machine to find out whether she stumbled due to a momentary faint.
The police said they received a report from a staff member of an industrial building at No. 45 Sha Tsui Road at 8:37 a.m., saying that the 64-year-old victim had accidentally slipped and fallen into an industrial mixer.
Firefighters rescued the victim.
The victim suffered fractures to his right ribs and right upper arm, second to third degree burns on his hands, and multiple bruises on his body. He was sent to Yan Chai Hospital in a coma for treatment, and was later certified dead.
The case was classified as an industrial accident.
The cause of death is yet to be determined after an autopsy.
The Industrial Injury Rights Association stated that it has contacted the family members of the deceased to provide appropriate assistance.
The union felt very sad about the accident, saying that according to news photos, the mixer was not equipped with a protective cover, which failed to prevent workers from being injured by the mixer during the operation of the machine.
The Labor Rights Association believes that many small factories have such problems. Some people do not install protective covers for convenience, or remove the original protective covers, so that workers cannot receive sufficient protection. They request the Labor Department to strengthen inspections to eliminate such dangerous work environment.
In addition, the Labor Rights Association calls on employers to regularly check the mixer to ensure that the "emergency stop switch" of the machine is functioning normally. When an accident occurs, the mixer can be stopped immediately to avoid casualties.
The Labor Department said it was investigating a fatal work accident in Tsuen Wan today (16) morning, in which a woman died.
After receiving the report, the prescription has immediately dispatched personnel to the scene and is currently investigating the cause of the accident.