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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 work unaffected by CS vacancy

The Government today said its work will not be impeded despite the Chief Secretary post being left vacant since April 7, as appropriate arrangements have been put in place.   ​Responding to media enquiries, the Government pointed out the Chief Secretary is delegated with the power in granting exemptions from compulsory quarantine or from directions imposing certain requirements or restrictions on scheduled premises such as event places.   Such a power is granted under the relevant regulations made by the Chief Executive-in-Council under the Prevention & Control of Disease Ordinance.   With specific references to this delegated power, the Government explained that, by virtue of section 45 of the Interpretation & General Clauses Ordinance, the Chief Executive may by order direct the holder of another public office to exercise the power conferred upon the holder of any public office when “no person has been appointed to discharge the functions of that office”.   As a matter of fact, the Chief Executive has made such an order for an exemption from quarantine to be granted for the fifth batch of Mainland experts arriving Hong Kong on April 7 to support the city’s anti-epidemic work.   On April 2, the Government announced that exemptions from the prevailing social distancing restrictions and group gatherings under the relevant regulations have been granted to facilitate the necessary activities during the Sixth-term Chief Executive election in the interest of the Hong Kong public.   It added that it will continue to act lawfully in accordance with the public interest in respect of any Chief Executive election matters.

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