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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

42 pollution convictions in March

The Environmental Protection Department today announced it recorded 42 convictions for pollution offences in March.   Twenty-three convictions were under the Public Cleansing & Prevention of Nuisances Regulation, while 13 were under the Waste Disposal Ordinance.   There were also two convictions for air pollution and one each under the Environmental Impact Assessment Ordinance, the Product Eco-responsibility Ordinance, the Noise Control Ordinance and the Water Pollution Control Ordinance.   The heaviest fine was $16,000 given to a company for importing controlled waste without a permit.
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