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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

CS receives DC work reports

Chief Secretary Chan Kwok-ki today chaired the second meeting of the Steering Committee on District Governance, in which he received the work reports on the first meetings of the seventh-term District Councils (DCs) at the 18 districts.


The steering committee also formulated strategies at the meeting to address people's concerns at the district level.


The seventh-term DCs took office on January 1. Mr Chan was pleased to learn that all the DCs promptly held meetings in the first week after taking office and achieved outcomes.


These include establishing committees and working groups in different areas, establishing arrangements of the Meet the Public Scheme, conducting research into issues of district concern, as well as carrying out caring activities and district clean-ups before the Lunar New Year.


The DCs have also decided to organise activities to boost the local economy and set up distinctive landmarks with local characteristics.


Mr Chan said the Government and the public at large have high expectations for the DCs, with a view to jointly translating the institutional strengths of “patriots administering Hong Kong” into effective governance and opening a new chapter in district governance.


He stressed that the District Officers in the 18 districts, as the Chairmen of the new-term DCs, should lead the DCs to fully perform their consultative and service functions.


Meanwhile, all 18 DCs should keep district issues close to their hearts, understand people's most imminent concerns and take concrete actions for their wellbeing, Mr Chan added.


During the meeting, the steering committee also followed up on the work progress of the five previously identified district issues and discussed two new ones - enhancing the walking experience for citizens and creating a pedestrian-friendly environment; and improving the environment of public housing estates and creating comfortable homes.


The Task Force on District Governance will formulate implementation details accordingly.

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