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Worker killed in Ting Kau bridge fall

A CONSTRUCTION worker died this week after falling 30m from Hong Kong's newly opened Ting Kau bridge.

The accident happened on Monday afternoon as the man was working on a temporary gantry suspended beneath the South carriageway of the Tsing Yi Span.

A spokesman from the Hong Kong Highways Department claimed that the gantry operator lost his

balance in high winds. The Police & Labour Department is now investigating.

The death follows a fire last Thursday on the bridge's 162m Tsing Yi tower. Investigators claimed the blaze was probably caused by a short circuit in an electrical switchboard which ignited a barrel of wax and a temporary works platform. Contractors had been injecting heated wax into the steel tower heads to prevent corrosion of the cable stays. Damage to the tower was understood to be minor.

The two incidents marred the opening of Hong Kong's Route 3 Country Park Sector expressway to traffic on Monday, two months ahead of schedule. The HK$6.2bn (£492M) road forms a crucial link to the Ting Kau bridge which together with the six other core Chek Lap Kok Airport projects cuts more than an hour off the journey time between Yuen Long and Hong Kong Island.

The Ting Kau Bridge itself opened at the start of the month 10 months behind schedule following steel fabrication delays and troublesome ground conditions.

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