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Kai Tak site accident being probed

The Government expressed that it is highly concerned about an accident involving the collapse of a bamboo scaffold at a Kai Tak construction site today in which two workers were killed and three others injured.   A preliminarily investigation by the Buildings Department (BD) found that the scaffold, measuring about 15m by 8m, fell to the ground from the external wall on the 19th floor of a building under construction.   The BD said it will conduct a comprehensive investigation into the cause of the incident, including whether the scaffold, as temporary works, complied with the Buildings Ordinance and whether the registered contractor and any related persons have properly discharged their responsibilities.   It added that if anyone is found in contravention of the ordinance, it will take follow-up actions, including instigating prosecution and referring to the Contractors Disciplinary Board for disciplinary proceedings.   The Labour Department (LD) also launched an immed

Feb exports value up 30.4%

The value of Hong Kong's total exports increased to $311.1 billion in February, up 30.4% on the same month last year, the Census & Statistics Department announced today.   The value of imports of goods increased 17.6% to $325.8 billion for the same period.   A trade deficit of $14.7 billion, or 4.5% of the value of imports, was recorded in February.   Comparing the three-month period ending February with the preceding three months on a seasonally adjusted basis, the value of exports rose 18.9%, while that of imports increased 16%.   Taking the first two months of the year together to remove the distortion caused by the difference in timing of the Lunar New Year, the value of exports increased sharply by 37.6% over a year earlier, reflecting a further pick-up in growth momentum alongside the revival of global trading and production activities, the Government said.
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