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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

Cross-boundary traffic a concern: TD

The Transport Department today expressed its concern over the long waiting time for cross-boundary visitors in the early hours of New Year’s Day, stressing it will review the situation and take follow-up action.
 
In anticipation of a large number of visitors returning to the Mainland overnight after the Hong Kong New Year Countdown Celebrations, and based on the department’s recommendations, the service operators had already increased the number of vehicles to serve passengers.

 

For example, the service headway at Prince Edward was increased from every 15 minutes to every 10 minutes to cope with the demand of such visitors.
 
The department pointed out that on New Year’s Eve, the number of visitor arrivals to Hong Kong was over 220,000, the highest one-day figure in 2023. Moreover, the countdown fireworks display over Victoria Harbour attracted more than 479,000 people who watched the pyrotechnics on both sides of the harbour.
 
Apart from closely monitoring the traffic situation in various districts after midnight, the department noted that it has maintained liaison with local and cross-boundary transport operators to facilitate the dispersal of local residents and cross-boundary visitors as soon as possible.
 
However, as Huanggang Control Point was the only place that maintained passenger clearance service between Hong Kong and Shenzhen after midnight, and as the number of outbound travellers was higher than expected, the queue of vehicles extended from Huanggang Control Point to San Tin Highway.
 
Consequently, visitors had to wait for a longer time for cross-boundary coaches in the urban area, despite the fact that additional vehicles were deployed.
 
The department added that it will follow up on the incident with relevant departments and service operators, with a view to providing better service arrangements for cross-boundary visitors.


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