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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

6 factors to adjust civil service pay

Chief Executive Carrie Lam said the Chief Executive-in-Council will consider a basket of six factors regarding civil service pay.   Ahead of today’s Executive Council meeting in the morning, Mrs Lam noted this year's pay trend survey results show that there is a positive rate, especially at the higher level of civil service positions.   However, she stressed that the survey is not the only consideration regarding the civil service pay annual adjustment.   “As the Secretary for Civil Service has repeatedly said in public, we have been practising this repeatedly in previous years that we do not just rigidly follow the pay trend survey results to adjust the civil service pay on an annual basis - there is a basket of six factors.   “We are still in this process. So for the time being, no decision has been made on adjustments to civil service pay in the 2022 pay adjustment exercise.”
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