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Hanoi man suffers memory loss after hit by falling wheelbarrow

Wednesday, August 05, 2020, 12:39 GMT+7
Hanoi man suffers memory loss after hit by falling wheelbarrow
A male pedestrian is surrounded by witnesses after being hit by a falling wheelbarrow near a construction site in Hanoi, Vietnam, August 3, 2020 in a provided photo.

A Vietnamese pedestrian could barely remember his name and home address after he was struck by a wheelbarrow that fell from the fifth floor of a semi-refurbished apartment in Hanoi this week.

The accident occurred in Alley 2A on Van Cao Street, Thuy Khue Ward, Tay Ho District of the Vietnamese capital city at around 10:30 am on Monday.

A construction worker told local media that he heard a loud bang while he was plastering the ceiling on the fourth floor of the apartment and people on the street began shouting that someone had been hit by a wheelbarrow.

As the worker rushed to look down at the scene, he saw a male pedestrian conscious and lying in front of the building’s front door.

The worker said that the wheelbarrow was left on the fifth floor and that it was empty when it fell out of the building.

At the time of the accident, many workers were working inside the semi-refurbished building. After being struck by the empty wheelbarrow, the victim reportedly managed to sit himself up.

He was rushed to the hospital but was unable to remember his name, age, and home address. 

The construction site was not covered properly and there were no safety warning signs, according to many witnesses.

The police of Thuy Khue Ward said workers had employed a rod to pull up wheelbarrows and bricks from the bottom of the apartment.

They were not using any specialized machines for the job at the time of the accident, so the wheelbarrow was free-falling when it hit the passing pedestrian.

The case was the second occupational accident recorded in Hanoi in five days.

Earlier, three workers were killed on the spot and another pronounced dead at the hospital after a scaffold they were standing on to install glass panes on a building collapsed at a construction site in Hai Ba Trung District at around 7:45 pm on July 30.

The scene of a collapsed scaffold which killed four construction workers in Hanoi, Vietnam, July 30, 2020. Photo: Tuoi Tre Contributor

The scene of a collapsed scaffold which killed four construction workers in Hanoi, Vietnam, July 30, 2020. Photo: Tuoi Tre Contributor

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