Nepali dies, Nigerian missing in HK-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge mishap
Three workers are injured when a temporary platform collapses in industrial accident on construction site
A Nigerian construction worker is still missing and a Nepali man died after a temporary work platform collapsed on the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge on Wednesday afternoon.
Three workers – two Nepali men, Phapa Paul Denedick (20) and Gurung Anel (22) and a 41-year-old Nigerian named Onwuka – were dismantling a temporary work platform underneath a completed three-meter-high viaduct, Ming Pao Daily reported.
Work began on bridge in 2009 and is situated at the waters of Lingdingyang in the Pearl River Estuary. It is a mega-sized sea crossing linking Hong Kong, Zhuhai city in Guangdong Province and Macau.
The construction cost of the main bridge was an estimated 15.73 billion yuan (HK$2.28 billion). It is now in the final stage of construction.
At 3:30pm, they were dragged into the sea after the platform collapsed. Denedick saved himself by unzipping his safety straps, but his Nepali colleague died and the Nigerian could not be found.
The cables that snapped off the collapsing platform also injured two others on the bridge deck – 31-year-old Pakistani worker Iqbal Sasil Fasil and a 49-year-old Hong Kong man, an Apple Daily report said.
Work in that area of the construction site has been suspended, a government press release said.