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SMS sender scheme expanded

The Office of the Communications Authority (OFCA) announced today that the SMS Sender Registration Scheme is now open for application by all sectors to further help the public verify the identities of SMS senders, with a view to combatting SMS fraud.   Apart from further opening up the scheme, the OFCA said it welcomes public and private organisations from various industries with a practical need to communicate with customers or clients via SMS to join the scheme.   Under the scheme, only registered senders are able to send SMS messages using their registered SMS sender IDs with the prefix “#”. All other SMS messages with sender IDs containing “#” but not sent by registered senders will be blocked by the telecommunications networks.   As such, the public can easily identify whether an SMS message is received from a registered sender by the prefix “#” in the SMS sender ID.   The OFCA reminds citizens to stay highly vigilant when receiving SMS messages from unknown sender

Fatal incident prosecutions initiated

The Buildings Department (BD) said today that following completion of an investigation, it has initiated four prosecutions over a steel segment collapse incident which caused the death of one worker at a Yau Tong construction site. 


The incident occurred at a construction site on Tung Yuen Street on December 14, 2022.


The subject steel segment was part of the temporary lateral support to facilitate the excavation works for the construction of a basement. After the basement structure was completed, the lateral support including the steel segment would then be dismantled.


The department noted that its probe revealed that adequate precautionary measures were not provided by the relevant contractor, sub-contractors and individual persons directly concerned with the incident during dismantling of the steel segment, resulting in its collapse and the fatal incident.


After consulting the Department of Justice, the BD has initiated four prosecutions against the contractor, sub-contractors and individuals directly concerned, which involves two companies and two individuals.


The hearing is scheduled for January 16, 2024.


The BD refused the concerned general building contractor Aggressive Construction Engineering's application for renewal of registration on October 18 and its name was removed from the Register of General Building Contractors on November 16.


For the subject case, the Labour Department has initiated prosecution against the relevant duty holders. The trial is adjourned to January 11, 2024.

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