Police have arrested a staff member at Lai Sun Shopping Arcade in Cheung Sha Wan after a 68-year-old construction worker was killed by a falling slab of concrete.

According to RTHK, a manager at the building was arrested on Tuesday afternoon on suspicion of allowing an object to fall from a height. The case is being handled by the Sham Shui Po crime unit.

The scene of the accident.

A slab of concrete and tiles measuring about 3×4 feet – about one square metre – fell and hit the construction worker, surnamed Chu, at around 10am on Tuesday. Chu was working in an alley adjacent to the arcade, which is located at 680 Cheung Sha Wan Road.

According to Apple Daily, Chu was knocked unconscious. He died of his injuries after he was sent to the Princess Margaret Hospital.

The slab fell from the outer wall of the building’s fifth floor parking lot, according to the newspaper.

An acquaintance of Chu, who was on the scene, told RTHK that Chu was wearing his hard hat at the time. He said that he heard a loud sound, and subsequently found Chu unconscious. Six to seven workers were also in the vicinity at the time. He added that small pieces of concrete had previously fallen from the building, but no passersby were hurt by them.

A section of tile and concrete missing from the wall.

Aside from the police, the Labour Department and the Buildings Department are also investigating the incident.

The building is 30 years old, and is run by the Lai Sun Group, according to Apple Daily.

Chu leaves behind his wife, three children, and his mother.

Catherine Lai

Catherine is a Canadian journalist and photographer who lived in Beijing for almost two years, working in TV and online media. Aside from Hong Kong and mainland affairs, she is also interested in urban spaces, art and feminism. She holds a BA in Literature and Art History from the University of British Columbia.