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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

Storm signal downgraded

The Hong Kong Observatory has downgraded the storm signal from No. 8 to No. 3, as tropical cyclone Ma-on moves away from the city.   The No. 8 Southeast Gale or Storm Signal, issued at 1.40am, was replaced by the Strong Wind Signal No. 3 at 9.20am today.   The Hospital Authority said one person sought medical treatment at a public hospital due to an injury sustained during the typhoon.   The 1823 Government Call Centre, as at 9am, received four reports of fallen trees, while the Drainage Services Department confirmed one flooding case.   The Home Affairs Department opened 31 temporary shelters in which 141 people sought refuge.
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