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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

Hate speech not accepted: CE

(To watch the full media session with sign language interpretation, click here.)   Chief Executive Carrie Lam said today she does not condone remarks which will unnecessarily divide society or incite hatred, adding Gay Games Hong Kong 2022 will be aided in hiring government venues.   Ahead of the Executive Council meeting this morning, Mrs Lam said the Government understands the event’s purpose is to promote inclusiveness and diversity.   Mrs Lam said: “We have no problem with that sort of spirit and purpose of the games.   “As usual, we will provide the needed help in terms of the hire of government venues in accordance with the rules and regulations of the Leisure & Cultural Services Department.”   She noted Secretary for Home Affairs Caspar Tsui had made this point clear at the Legislative Council.   Mrs Lam also told reporters it was much regretted that individual lawmakers had become emotional in expressing views.   “I certainly, personally and as a Chief Executive, do not condone that sort of remarks by individuals which will unnecessarily divide society and even raise hatred among certain sectors in the community,” she said.  
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