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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

Jabs can replace routine testing

(To watch the full media briefing with sign language interpretation, click here.)   People working in places that require COVID-19 testing every two weeks will no longer need to be tested 14 days after they receive two doses of vaccine.   Secretary for Food & Health Prof Sophia Chan explained to reporters this afternoon that this applies to teachers and staff at schools and construction workers.   She said: “With enough supply of vaccine doses in Hong Kong, with the consolidation of all the work that we have done so far and also with risk assessment, we have come to terms that if people have been vaccinated with two doses and after 14 days, then this can replace the regular 14-day testing for those working in scheduled premises under Hong Kong Laws Cap 599F.   “We have also communicated with the Education Bureau and the Development Bureau. Therefore for teachers, if they have been vaccinated with two doses and after 14 days, then this can also replace their current testing arrangement and the same goes for construction workers.”
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