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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

Stable Mainland food supply ensured

Secretary for Environment & Ecology Tse Chin-wan today met a Mainland delegation to discuss the supply and safety of food to Hong Kong.


Led by Ministry of Commerce Department of Foreign Trade Director Li Xingqian, the delegation was tasked to ensure the stable supply and safety of agricultural products to Hong Kong during the Chinese New Year.


Its members include representatives from the Ministry of Commerce, the General Administration of Customs and Guangdong Province’s Department of Commerce.


Mr Tse said the Mainland is the major source of agricultural products, especially live and fresh food, for Hong Kong.


He thanked the delegation for visiting the city before the Chinese New Year to look at the latest food supply situation from the Mainland to Hong Kong, so as to ensure people in Hong Kong have sufficient supply of high quality and diversified food.


Officials from the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government held a meeting with the delegation this morning. Both sides noted that with the approach of the Chinese New Year, the Ministry of Commerce has required all relevant Mainland agencies to ensure the stable supply of quality and safe agricultural products to Hong Kong during the festive season with five measures: attaching importance on the stable supply of food; strengthening the sources of supply; enhancing the contingency plans; solidifying the safety defence and strengthening the sense of service.


Both sides agreed that their relevant departments should continue to maintain close contact and communication.


The delegation also visited Wan Chai Market to exchange views with stall representatives to learn about issues such as the volume and price level of food supplied from the Mainland to Hong Kong, while at the Western Wholesale Food Market, they were briefed on its operations.

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