A workman was killed after a 500-kg wooden panel fell and crushed him at an elementary school construction site in Tokyo's Toshima Ward, police said Saturday.
According to police, the incident occurred at around 1:50 p.m. Friday in Mejiro. TBS reported that the worker, who was in his 50s, was working on the scaffolding on the 3rd floor of the school when a large wooden panel fell directly on top of him. He was knocked down to the ground and remained crushed under the large wooden board. He was taken to hospital where he was pronounced dead, police said.
The wooden panel was being used to build the outer wall of the school. Although the panel had had been placed on the 4th floor, it was hit when a crane was lifting another panel upwards, causing it to topple over and fall onto the unsuspecting workman below, police said.
Officials are investigating the cause of the incident further to determine whether potential charges of professional negligence resulting in death should be considered.© Japan Today