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GBA rule of law action plan released

The Action Plan on the Construction of Rule of Law in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area has been released, the Department of Justice (DoJ) announced today.   Secretary for Justice Paul Lam explained that the action plan has two intentions, namely to underpin the guiding principle of “Three Interfaces, Two Connects & One Greater Bay Area”, and strengthen collaboration with the legal and dispute resolution sectors and other stakeholders to effectively implement policy measures set out in the plan.   Through mechanisms, regulatory frameworks and talent – the “three interfaces” – the DoJ said it will promote hardware and software connectivity in constructing rule of law in the bay area, co-operation between the various cities according to their respective strengths, and collaboration between different legal systems, thereby eventually achieving the goal of “one Greater Bay Area”.   Deputy Secretary for Justice Cheung Kwok-kwan, who is also the leading Hong Kong

Scaffold inspections completed

The Labour Department yesterday completed a special inspection exercise targeting construction sites with large-scale bamboo scaffolds.


During the two-week exercise, the department inspected 292 construction sites across the city. It issues 256 written warnings, 195 improvement notices and six suspension notices, and initiated 14 prosecutions.


The infractions found were mainly related to unsafe bamboo scaffolding, work at height, and lifting operations.


On some bamboo scaffolds, the department detected structural defects, which it said presented a risk of collapse. Meanwhile, some contractors were found to have failed to take adequate steps, such as providing safe working platforms, or safe access and egress, to prevent workers from falling from height.


Noting that March is often a month with a higher number of fatal accidents, the department reminded contractors and employers to remain vigilant and take adequate safety measures to safeguard their employees’ safety.


To ensure work safety, contractors must also comply with requirements stipulated in the occupational safety and health legislation and the Code of Practice for Bamboo Scaffolding Safety.


Employees should also co-operate with their employers and implement safety measures, the department added.

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