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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

889 people receive honours, medals

The Government today announced the 2022 Honours List appointments. Seven people, including Chief Executive John Lee, received the Grand Bauhinia Medal awarded by former Chief Executive Carrie Lam.   Mr Lee is awarded the medal in recognition of his dedicated and distinguished public service over the past 44 years, particularly his sterling contributions during his tenure as the Secretary for Security and the Chief Secretary.   The six other Grand Bauhinia Medal awardees include Tommy Cheung, Roberto Ribeiro, Liao Cheung-sing, Wong Ying-wai, Peter Lam and Ng Leung-ho.   Meanwhile, 25 people received the Gold Bauhinia Star, 28 the Silver Bauhinia Star, and 45 the Bronze Bauhinia Star.   One person got the Silver Medal for Bravery, 13 people were awarded the Distinguished Service Medal for disciplined services & the Independent Commission Against Corruption, and 48 the Meritorious Service Medals for disciplined services & the Independent Commission Against Corruption.   Furthermore, 115 people received the Medal of Honour, 231 the Chief Executive’s Commendation for Community Service and 376 the Chief Executive’s Commendation for Government/Public Service.   The Government pointed out that this year’s total number of recipients is the highest since the establishment of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region. Among them, 493 people are those who have made significant contributions to the fight against the COVID-19 epidemic.   Mrs Lam is grateful to all awardees for their contributions and hopes that they will continue to excel in their own fields and serve the community. With over 30 people on this year’s Honours List from the sports sector, she is particularly happy with the unprecedented outstanding achievements of Hong Kong athletes and coaches in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympic Games and other major sports event.   Separately, 50 Justices of the Peace are appointed, including 38 Non-official JPs and 12 Official JPs.   The presentation ceremony for the awards will be held later this year.
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