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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

Govt focused on seniors’ jabs

The Government will make every effort to facilitate the elderly to get COVID-19 jabs in the coming months, Secretary for the Civil Service Patrick Nip said today.   Meeting the media after attending a radio programme, Mr Nip explained the Government’s latest vaccination strategy.   “Our focus in the coming months is to boost up the vaccination rate for the elderly because they are the vulnerable group that we have to protect, and to build a strong protective shield in the community.   “We will try every possible channel to facilitate the elderly to get the jabs including arranging outreach service at shopping malls, in housing estates, or arranging talks, medical consultation and vaccination service on site in different districts.”   Mr Nip pointed out that apart from easy booking, the elderly can receive walk-in jabs at community vaccination centres via same-day tickets.   He said whether to expand the coverage of the ticket arrangement, currently open to five groups including seniors, will depend on the centres’ capacity and other factors.   “If possible, we will of course consider expanding the coverage of the same-day tickets to facilitate more people including the elderly to get the jabs easily.”
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