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Tobacco worker, 43, dies in industrial accident at Hong Kong factory after falling into machine

Ernest Kao

A 43-year-old worker from mainland China was killed in an industrial accident after he fell into a machine at a Hong Kong tobacco factory late yesterday afternoon. Emergency services received a call at about 5pm yesterday that an accident had occurred at the Nanyang Brothers Tobacco factory in Tuen Mun. The man was cleaning a large tobacco processing machine when he got caught in one of the rollers, according to police. Firemen managed to rescue the man, who was unconscious, but efforts to resuscitate him were to no avail. He was sent to Tuen Mun Hospital where he was confirmed dead. Police said the accident does not appear suspicious. The case is now being handled as an industrial accident. The Labour Department is investigating the cause. It is understood the man, who possess a Hong Kong identity card, is the sole breadwinner of his family. He leaves behind a wife, an 11-year-old son and eight-year-old daughter. Nanyang Brothers Tobacco, founded in 1905, is a subsidiary of Shanghai Industrial Investment Holdings. It is best known for manufacturing the Double Happiness brand of cigarettes. The company could not be reached immediately for comment on Tuesday.

According to the department, 25 people were killed in a total of 11,677 industrial accident cases last year. Five fatalities have been recorded in the first quarter of this year from 2,404 industrial accident cases.

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