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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

Lai-see advisory issued

As the Chinese New Year draws near, the Monetary Authority announced that new notes and good-as-new notes will be available for exchange at the branches of the three note-issuing banks from January 25 to February 9.


It also encouraged the public to use electronic channels such as the Faster Payment System or other e-wallet services for giving lai-see.


The note-issuing banks, ie Hongkong & Shanghai Banking Corporation, Standard Chartered Bank (Hong Kong) and Bank of China (Hong Kong), will put in place appropriate measures to facilitate the notes exchange, including advancing opening hours, dedicating additional operation hours for the notes exchange, and offering an online booking service.

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