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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 staff take action after typhoon

Following the passage of Super Typhoon Saola, the Government today activated the government-wide mobilisation level to co-ordinate emergency operations and promptly mobilised a quick response unit comprising over 100 civil servants from different departments to provide support in several districts.   The Government is working at full steam to perform relief work after the typhoon, aiming for the community's full return to normal operations and the resumption of people’s daily lives as early as possible.   Secretary for Home & Youth Affairs Alice Mak led some civil servants to Sha Tau Kok to help the elderly who had stayed in temporary shelters to return to their residential care home.   Meantime, others from the quick response unit were deployed to Tung Chung Heung and Lei Yue Mun to carry out clean-up work. Apart from removing garbage, fallen branches and leaves on roads, they also helped residents remove sandbags.   The Government said it is grateful to all supporting members and colleagues from various departments for their dedication and efforts in enabling the community to return to normal as soon as possible.   The Chief Executive announced in the Policy Address that the Government would introduce a government-wide mobilisation level to ensure that a quick response unit formed by government employees could be mobilised promptly during major crises requiring considerable manpower support to handle such incidents.

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