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Maintenance worker falls to death from Taipei 101

2019/07/23 15:55

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Taipei, July 23 (CNA) A maintenance worker plunged to his death from the sixth floor of Taiwan's iconic Taipei 101 skyscraper Tuesday while replacing LED lights on the building, police said that day.

The worker, surnamed Lee (李), fell to the second floor's roof at around 3 a.m. from a work platform outside the sixth floor of the building he was working, police said.

Lee, in his mid-30s, was found dead after rescuers arrived at the scene.

Lee's colleague, surnamed Pan (潘), who was working on the same platform during the incident, was found safe in a narrow runway outside the sixth floor, according to police.

An investigation into the cause of the accident is ongoing, it added.

Chiang Ming-chih (江明志), head of the Taipei City Labor Inspection Office, said an initial probe at the scene shows that Lee had failed to buckle his safety harness while working on the work platform.

If the probe ultimately determines that Lee's employer has to take responsibility for the incident, he or she may face a maximum three-year prison time and NT$ 300,000 in fine, Chiang noted.

In a separate press statement, Taipei 101 authorities said the work platform had passed safety checks July 8. Taipei 101 is cooperating with police in determining the cause of the accident, it added.

(By Wu Po-wei, Liang Pei-chi and Joseph Yeh)Enditem/J