An industrial accident occurred in a factory making Chinese candy in Tsuen Wan.
At around 8 am today (16th), the police received a report from an employee of an industrial building unit at No. 45 Sha Tsui Road, saying that a colleague had an accident while operating a machine for making candy and was caught in the machine.
The police and ambulancemen arrived at the scene after receiving the report. The female worker was unconscious. She was accompanied by her workers and sent to Yan Chai Hospital for emergency treatment, but she eventually died.
The site is a factory building for making Chinese-style candy. There are red dates, walnuts, maltose and other materials in the factory.
According to sources, the female worker involved was suspected of fainting during work, and then fell into the sugar machine and was caught, and was rescued by the fire department.
The Industrial Injury Rights Association stated that the deceased, surnamed Bu, was about 68 years old and had contacted the family 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.