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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

Deputy CS to visit GZ, Macau

Deputy Chief Secretary Cheuk Wing-hing will leave Hong Kong on a two-day visit to Guangzhou and Macau this afternoon.   He will meet with Guangdong Provincial Government and Guangzhou Municipal Government leaders, besides attending the signing ceremony for an agreement on civil service staff exchange and collaboration in the Greater Bay Area.   This afternoon, Mr Cheuk will first of all meet with Guangdong Provincial Government leaders to discuss issues of mutual concern and strengthen exchange and co-operation on various fronts. He will then join Secretary for the Civil Service Ingrid Yeung to attend the abovementioned signing ceremony.   In the evening, he will attend the opening ceremony of the third Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area Culture & Arts Festival.   Along with Secretary for Labour & Welfare Chris Sun, Mr Cheuk will tomorrow morning attend a welcome ceremony for young people employed under the Greater Bay Area Youth Employment Scheme, before meeting Guangzhou Municipal Government leaders.   Mr Cheuk will go to Macau tomorrow afternoon to attend the welcome banquet for a business conference on bay area development, before returning to Hong Kong in the evening.   During Mr Sun’s absence, Under Secretary for Labour & Welfare Ho Kai-ming will be Acting Secretary.
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