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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

HK, Mainland sign quarantine pact

Secretary for Health Prof Lo Chung-mau today met Vice Minister of General Administration of Customs of the People’s Republic of China (GACC) Lv Weihong to sign the Co-operation Arrangement for Entry-exit Health Inspection & Quarantine between the GACC and the Health Bureau of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government.


In addition to thanking the GACC for its support on the signing of the co-operation arrangement, Prof Lo pointed out that the Hong Kong SAR Government has all along been maintaining close co-operation with the entry-exit health inspection and quarantine authorities of the Mainland to safeguard the well-being and safety of residents and travellers of the two places.


Prof Lo said: “Having consolidated experiences in the prevention and control of infectious diseases such as COVID-19, the GACC and the Health Bureau will further strengthen the joint efforts in disease prevention and control in terms of entry-exit health inspection and quarantine between the Mainland and Hong Kong through the co-operation arrangement, with a view to facilitating the smooth operation of the communication and collaboration mechanisms between the two parties.”


At the meeting, the health chief and Ms Lv also exchanged views on issues including entry-exit health inspection and quarantine, as well as the Policy Address initiative regarding the discussion with other Greater Bay Area cities on the provision of direct cross-boundary ambulance service.

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