Supervisor dies after falling from crane at construction site of former Akasaka Prince Hotel


A 57-year-old supervisor at the construction site of the former Grand Akasaka Prince Hotel in Tokyo died Monday night after he fell nearly 30 meters from a crane.

According to police, construction workers found Akio Takayama lying on the ground at around 7 p.m., Fuji TV reported. Takayama was rushed to hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival.

Police say that at the time of the accident, Takayama had been operating a crane and attempting to move a steel beam. Apparently he was not wearing his seatbelt and fell out of the operator's cabin, landing in a hole 30 meters below.

An investigation into safety protocols on the behalf of management at the site is underway, police said.

The hotel closed in 2011.

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When the supervisor himself cannot even be bothered to follow simple safety rules, this is what you get. RIP.

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What's happening at the site? I used to eat breakfast daily at the hotel.

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Supervisor not following basic safety procedures paradox aside, why was he apparently moving around steel girders by himself that late in the evening?

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Horrible way to go. RIP.

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why was he apparently moving around steel girders by himself that late in the evening?

I think I can answer that. (My Japanese husband does the same job as this man). The subcontractors leave after exactly 8 hours on the job, but in order to keep up with very tight deadlines and low budgets, the site manager does as much as he can after the workers go home. The site managers have general knowledge of the work being done, but they are not really seasoned pro's in the hands on work. Lack of proper training plus overwork induced exhaustion is the reason I see for these kinds of accidents.

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