Pai Tau Village in Sha Tin, New Territories. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

A 61-year-old Hong Kong renovation worker fell to his death from a six-meter high working platform on the exterior wall of a half-century-old village house in Pai Tau Village, in the Sha Tin area of the city’s New Territories on Monday.

At 11:25am, Chung Hok-lun left his wife and two sons bereaved after he fell from the loosely-constructed wooden platform, Sing Tao Daily reported on Tuesday. Chung was hired by an expat who bought the old building for HK$500,000 (US$64,390) in 2013. 

Media reports did not disclose the expat’s nationality.

Chung’s sustained serious head injuries from his fall.  A 49-year-old Filipino domestic helper, who heard the collapse, called the police.

As the house is located on the top of a hill, more than 40 minutes elapsed before Chung was brought to hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Hong Kong’s Labour Department is investigating the incident, Apple Daily reported.

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