Filipino dies in elevator accident in Macau hotel

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A worker stands in front of Wynn Palace in Macau, China, Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2016. A Filipino was conducting a routine inspection when his head got caught in the hotel elevator's gear chain belt. (PHOTO: AP Photo/Vincent Yu)
A worker stands in front of Wynn Palace in Macau, China, Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2016. A Filipino was conducting a routine inspection when his head got caught in the hotel elevator's gear chain belt. (PHOTO: AP Photo/Vincent Yu)

An overseas Filipino worker (OFW) died in a workplace-related accident after suffering from a cranial crush injury while working on a routine elevator inspection at the Wynn Palace Hotel in Taipa, Macau.

According to Macau’s Judiciary Police (PJ), the accident happened at around 7 am on Thursday (August 11). The victim was taken to the hospital but was later confirmed to have passed away from injuries.

The 51-year-old Filipino was accidentally crushed by the gear chain belt while checking the rotation of a motorized planter as reported by authorities.

Another worker inspecting the machine with the victim reportedly stopped the electric lifting table when he heard a sound coming from the lower floor. He then called the victim several times but heard no reply, discovering the worker hanging on the machine.

The Labor Affairs Bureau (DSAL) later came to the scene to conduct an investigation and expressed concern over the incident. They will reportedly follow up on the compensation issue for the worker.

In the meantime, the hotel was directed to stop all work at the incident site.

“For the safety of the workers, the employer has been notified to stop all work at the site of the accident and requested to submit an accident investigation report. The Labor Bureau will continue to investigate the cause of the accident and will pursue the responsible entities according to the facts of the investigation,” the DSAL said.

In response to the accident, Wynn Macau confirmed the incident, saying that “a team member was involved in a fatal accident at Wynn Palace.”

“We would like to express our heartfelt condolences to our colleague’s family, and we will extend our full support to them during this very difficult time,” the gaming operator said.

Meanwhile, the Philippine Consulate General in Macau is yet to release a statement on the matter. Yahoo Philippines has also reached out to their office but is yet to receive a reply.

Pola Rubio is a news writer and photojournalist covering Philippine politics and events. She regularly follows worldwide and local happenings. She advocates for animal welfare and press freedom. Follow her on Twitter @polarubyo for regular news and cat postings. The views expressed are her own.

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