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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

46 pollution convictions in Oct

The Environmental Protection Department today announced it recorded 46 convictions for pollution offences in October.   Five were for air pollution, six for noise and four for illegal waste disposal.   There were also two under the Environmental Impact Assessment Ordinance and 29 under the Public Cleansing & Prevention of Nuisances Regulation.   The heaviest fine was $10,000 imposed for each offence committed by two companies.   They were fined for failing to control air pollutant emissions as well as using powered mechanical equipment and carrying out prescribed construction works not in accordance with the conditions of a construction noise permit.
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