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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

Immunisation experts meet

An expert committee today reported that there are two death cases with suspected serious adverse events following COVID-19 vaccination.   The Expert Committee on Clinical Events Assessment Following COVID-19 Immunisation elaborated on the two cases after its meeting this afternoon.   The cases involve a 80-year-old woman with a history of heart-related disease and a 60-year-old man with a history of high blood pressure.   The committee's Co-convenor Dr Lee Cheuk-kwong said: “About today’s reported case of death, he is a 60-year-old gentleman who had a history of hypertension, hyperlipidemia and carotid artery disease.   “On March 23, he had chest discomfort and then, in the early morning, he was found unresponsive at home, and was resuscitated and certified dead at the accident and emergency department.   “Based on his medical history and the symptoms, we believe that there may be a high possibility that cardiovascular disease had led to his death.”   Dr Lee added that the committee needed to obtain more information and a post-mortem report to confirm the man's cause of death.   Regarding the 80-year-old woman, the committee noted that her cause of death was not directly associated with the vaccination.
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