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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

Health code website updated

The Office of the Government Chief Information Officer announced that two new functions have been introduced on the Hong Kong Health Code website in order to facilitate citizens to register for and use the health code on their own.   With the new "Cancel Unactivated Account" function, people who have completed registration but fail to activate their account due to different reasons, such as not receiving the confirmation letter containing a personal identification number caused by entering a wrong residential address during registration, can now delete the unactivated account and register again.   The "Forget Password" function has also been simplified to allow people to reset their password by just providing information of their identity document and the one-time passcode received through SMS.   As at noon today, over 721,000 people have registered for a health code account, among which nearly 80% have already activated their accounts.   The office has arranged outreach teams to set up Hong Kong Health Code mobile support stations at 10 Mass Transit Railway stations since late last month. An enthusiastic response was received with around 15,000 people making applications for the health code.   From tomorrow, 15 more mobile support stations will be set up at MTR stations to assist citizens in need, bringing the total number of such support stations to 25.   The additional stations will be located at MTR stations in Long Ping, Sheung Shui, Wu Kai Sha, Tai Wai, Tsuen Wan West, Nam Cheong, Hung Hom, Kowloon, Prince Edward, Kowloon Tong, Wong Tai Sin, Ho Man Tin, Sai Ying Pun, Wan Chai and Shau Kei Wan.   Meanwhile, the Home Affairs Bureau invited the office to hold briefing sessions earlier for 48 district or clansman associations and charity groups to introduce the health code's system and operation, as well as to call on them to help their members and service users complete relevant registration procedures.   The Home Affairs Department has also set up mobile support stations at more than 120 locations across the city since December 21 and distributed leaflets to encourage citizens to register for a health code account.
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