A 61-year-old worker was killed after he was hit by a falling steel sheet at a construction site in the western part of Tokyo, police said Wednesday.
According to police, the accident occurred on Tuesday morning. TV Asahi reported that an excavator was attempting to lift the 800-kilogram steel sheet that was 3 meters wide and 1.5 meters wide when suddenly a wire binding snapped and it fell, pinning the worker, Michiyoshi Hirai.
Hirai was taken to hospital where he died a short time later.
Police said the excavator being used to lift the steel sheet was only capable of handling a 400-kg load.© Japan Today