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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 to visit bay area cities

Chief Secretary Chan Kwok-ki will depart tomorrow for a three-day visit to three Mainland cities of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area - Guangzhou, Huizhou and Shenzhen.

 

Mr Chan will meet government leaders of Guangdong Province and the bay area cities to discuss issues of mutual concern and strengthen exchanges and co-operation on various fronts.

 

Among other things, he will attend the signing ceremony of a framework agreement on promoting Guangdong-Hong Kong talent co-operation and co-chair with a Guangdong government leader the inaugural meeting of the co-ordination mechanism on Guangdong-Hong Kong talent co-operation.

 

Mr Chan will also visit a number of companies and organisations, and meet Hong Kong people and enterprises in the cities.

 

Secretary for Security Tang Ping-keung, Secretary for Transport & Logistics Lam Sai-hung and Secretary for Labour & Welfare Chris Sun will join the Guangzhou itinerary tomorrow and will return to Hong Kong the same day.

 

The Chief Secretary will return to Hong Kong on January 10. During his absence, Deputy Chief Secretary Cheuk Wing-hing will be Acting Chief Secretary.


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