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Filipino worker dies in carnival accident

16 February 2017

The roller coaster before being dismantled. From AIA's FB page
By Vir B. Lumicao

A Filipino skilled worker fell to his death when a roller coaster steel structure he was dismantling at the Central Harbourfront collapsed on Wednesday, a Consulate officer and the police said.
Norman C. Padilla, 27 and single, was certified dead at Queen Mary Hospital where he was taken after the accident at the AIA Great European Carnival at about 10 am. 
The steel structure that collapsed
Photo by Salome B. Bino
His family in the Philippines had been informed and his OFW brother, Jensen, arrived Thursday from Abu Dhabi to attend to the repatriation of the deceased’s remains, an officer from the Consulate’s assistance to nationals section said.
The officer said Padilla was on a three-month work contract under the Hong Kong government’s supplementary labor scheme.
The police had reportedly referred his case to the Labour Department for possible  compensation.
A duty officer at the Police Public Relations Bureau told The SUN in a phone inquiry that the victim was dismantling the roller-coaster when a platform five to six meters high collapsed.
The worker fell and his head hit the ground, knocking him out, the officer said. The case was classified as an accident.
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