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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

Business fund upgraded

The Trade & Industry Department today announced enhancement measures for the Dedicated Fund on Branding, Upgrading & Domestic Sales (BUD Fund) in support of enterprises’ business development to be rolled out in three phases from tomorrow.   The BUD Fund’s geographical scope will be broadened progressively from 20 economies with which Hong Kong has signed Free Trade Agreements to 37 economies with which Hong Kong has signed Free Trade Agreements and/or Investment Promotion & Protection Agreements.   In the first phase starting tomorrow, the BUD Fund will additionally cover Japan and Korea, and the cumulative funding ceiling per enterprise will be increased from $4 million to $6 million.   The department noted that the enhancements will further help enterprises develop more diversified markets by utilising the better investment protection under the Investment Promotion & Protection Agreements. More funding support will also be provided for enterprises to capture the business opportunities brought about by the country’s dual circulation development strategy.   Call the fund's secretariat at 2788 6088 for enquiries.
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