Yet another worker dies on Macau construction site

Macau, Slider 20 Mar 2015
Yet another worker dies on Macau construction site

Another migrant worker has died after being hit by a falling vertical lift at the construction site of the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel in Cotai.

This being the third fatal industrial accident that has happened in the city this month. According to the Fire Services, at about 2pm yesterday a continuous vertical lift transporting construction materials fell from height as its wire rope broke.

The man, around 40 years old, was crushed by the falling lift and mortally injured with multiple fractures. He was sent to the Conde S. Januário Hospital but died not long afterwards.

Labour Affairs Bureau Director (DSAL) Wong Chi Hong expressed his condolences. He said that the Bureau had sent inspectors to the site in the last two weeks but that conditions in those places change constantly.

Mr. Wong said that in terms of non-resident construction workers the Bureau is considering controlling the quotas of imported labour for construction sites in Macau.

Workers from elsewhere with experience of working in Macau, or who had completed safety courses organised by DSAL before would be prioritized.

Regarding the other two fatal accidents on MGM and Galaxy Phase Two construction sites in Cotai, the Bureau head said that the investigation is still ongoing and that the Bureau would prepare a press conference soon to explain the details of the cases, such as cause and future prevention measures.

How many more construction workers need to die before Macau starts to take the safety of it’s construction workers seriously?  Or is this just the cost of “doing business”.

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