At least two people have died, six have been injured and one remains trapped after a crane collapsed at a construction site in Sau Mau Ping on Wednesday.

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Photo: 建築業揸機手足 via Facebook.

The accident occurred at the site on 9-11 Anderson Road shortly before 11 a.m. The crane, which was in operation, suddenly collapsed and fell onto several containers beneath it, according to local media.

falling crane anderson road sau mau ping
Photo: 建築業揸機手足 via Facebook.

Police told HKFP that one person died at the scene, while the second died after being sent to United Christian Hospital. Authorities were attempting to rescue a person who was trapped, police said.

The six who were injured, including one who was unconscious, had been sent to Queen Elizabeth Hospital and United Christian Hospital for treatment. Police said an investigation was underway.

Photo: 建築業揸機手足 via Facebook.

Online photos and videos showed that there were three cranes at the site, including the one that fell. At least four shipping containers appeared to have been flattened by the fallen crane.

falling crane anderson road sau mau ping
Photo: 建築業揸機手足 via Facebook.

Authorities were seen standing on some of the containers during the rescue mission.

Housing project

Fay Siu, the chief executive of the Association for the Rights of Industrial Accident Victims, visited the scene and told HKFP that the construction site was for a Hong Kong Housing Society project. The contractor was Aggressive Construction Company Limited, which is a subsidiary of Great Harvest Group, Siu said.

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Photo: Screenshot via RTHK.

HKFP reached out to Great Harvest Group, but it declined to comment.

According to the group’s website, Aggressive Construction Company Limited was awarded a contract for a subsidised flats project at the Anderson Road Quarry Site R2-2. Government documents showed that around 1,400 flats will be built and can accommodate around 4,000 people. The construction was schedule to be completed by 2024, according to Great Harvest Group.

Speaking to reporters at the scene, Siu said it appeared possible that the base of the crane was not properly installed. She called on the Labour Department and the police to conduct an in-depth investigation.

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Almond Li is a Hong Kong-based journalist who previously worked for Reuters and Happs TV as a freelancer, and as a reporter at Hong Kong International Business Channel, Citizen News and Commercial Radio Hong Kong. She earned her Masters in Journalism at the University of Southern California. She has an interest in LGBT+, mental health and environmental issues.