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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

Social distancing rules maintained

The Government today announced that it will maintain the social distancing measures currently in place for 14 days starting August 5.   The Food & Health Bureau noted that the Delta mutant strain ravaging the world has posed incredible challenges to local anti-epidemic efforts.   There is a need for Hong Kong to build up double barriers against COVID-19 by strengthening measures on preventing the importation of cases and enhancing the vaccination rate, the bureau noted.   The existing social distancing measures will be maintained for 14 days before significant progress can be achieved.   Meanwhile, taking into account the operational risk of catering businesses, especially the fact that customers do not wear a mask when consuming food or drinks within the premises, the Government will tighten the testing requirement for staff of catering businesses which adopt the Type B Mode of Operation within August.   The staff will be required to undergo more frequent testing, from the current requirement of testing once every 14 days to testing once every seven days.   Fully vaccinated staff will be regarded as having complied with the testing requirement.   Details will be announced in due course, the bureau added.
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